Even a Global Pandemic Won't Slow Down the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotarian Club

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The Coronavirus epidemic and corresponding Shelter-in-Place order radically changed the day-to-day lives of most people in the world.  Within a few weeks, businesses were shut down, schools were closed, and uncertainty and fear seemed to be a common emotion.  In true Rotarian style, the Santa Cruz Sunrise club responded and adapted to these unprecedented times with a "can do" attitude and the "service above self" motto.   Under the leadership of President Peter Truman, the club scheduled a Zoom board meeting immediately to discuss plans for the continuation of the club meetings and the projects and fundraising events in progress given the  new national and local landscape.   With a new plan in place, the club proceeded to schedule their first ever "virtual" Rotary meeting.  On Tuesday, March 31st, at 7:15 am, the Santa Cruz Rotary Sunrisers "zoomed" in  for their club meeting.  It was a huge success.  The club has continued to meet weekly and the meetings include all the traditional face-to-face meeting items:  guest speakers, the Detective Report, an inspirational message, club updates, the Rotarian of the Month, and of course...social time with one another.   At the last meeting, over 60 Rotarians and guests were in attendance and the number keeps growing each week!
 
Following  Rotary protocol, I  even applied the Four Way Test to our new club delivery method in the assessment of how well things are working:
 
#1.   Is it the truth?  YES!   Our club meetings are STILL amazing and informative.  I am excited to attend each Tuesday morning.  But, to be completely honest ...  I must admit that our club has had one thing not go well during our Zoom Rotary meetings ... that's the Pledge of Allegiance.    We are really struggling to sync together for that part -- but we continue to try each week. It may take some more time, but we will eventually get there.   
 
#2.   Is it fair to all concerned?  YES!  We are so lucky to have Jon Winston as a club member. Jon has been so wonderful in sharing his technology expertise (and patience) with us to ensure that our members and guests get connected.  He and many others are willing and able to help connect people to the new club meeting format.    
 
#3.   Will it build goodwill and better friendships?  YES!   The club has continued to thrive and do good work.   Most recently, the "Sew-tarians" were created by member, Lisa Krigsman.  This group makes masks for various workers in the community.   Sunrisers are still delivering  meals to shut-ins and donating time and funds to several good causes.  Additionally,  Sunrise Zoom "Zocials" have become the newest way for members to hang out.  Trivia contests, themed parties, and other festive ideas have been included in these fun and wacky nights.
 
#4.  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?   DEFINITELY!  In addition to the wonderful friendships formed through our club, members are treated to a special presentation each week.  These presentations inform and inspire club members.  The Zoom Rotary meetings have kept club members active and engaged with one another as well.  I would have to say that ANY time you get a group of Rotarians together, it WILL always be beneficial. 
 
So....the Sunrise Rotary Club meetings certainly passed the four way test!   Stay tuned to the website for the latest updates with the club.  We invite anyone to join us for our Tuesday morning 7:15 am zoom meetings.   Stay well and stay connected. We hope to resume face-to-face meetings sometime this summer.  In the meantime...have a ZOOMabulous May.
 
                                       
      The ISLAND THEMED Sunrise Rotary "Zocial" held this month!  
Even a Global Pandemic Won't Slow Down the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotarian Club Suzanne Gochis 2020-04-22 07:00:00Z 0

A Toast to Wine 2 Water 2020

Posted by Sue Gochis on Feb 20, 2020
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Organizers of the 2020 Wine to Water Sunrise Rotary fundraising event for the clean water and sanitation project in the village of Lhuhwahwa in Uganda are claiming it was the best ever!    Peggy Pollard, champion for this Sunrise Rotary event, claimed, "It was the best Wine 2 Water fundraiser yet, a wonderful location, a bigger turnout, and a much smoother preparation and implementation!."    Fellow Sunriser, Mary Anne Kramer-Urner agreed, stating, , "Amazing!   And so much fun in the process.  Best year yet in my opinion."   
 

The sunny and fun Saturday at Bargetto Winery included a special guest appearance by John Bargetto, owner of the winery, who gave a history of the Bargetto Winery plus a donation of a wine tour package.   Attendees sampled marvelous home-cooked African Appetizers, courtesy of Patrice and Bob Keet and their team of Sunrise appetizer chefs.   Lhuhwahwa Village Director,  Stephen Masereka,  sent a video of the village's progress with the project and other updates.  
 
 
 
The event raised close to $9,000, which is almost double the amount from two years ago!  A huge thanks to sponsors, Mick's Automotive, AA Safe and Security Company, Mark and Laura Junod, Joe and Ann Ferrante, Cathleen Chandler-Eckhardt, Ethos (Meredith Keet), Santa Cruz County Bank, Anderson Behel Inc., J. Win Jewelry, Charles Baylis, Tony Nethercutt, Christoper Smith, Tom and Becky Hart, Rick Hofstetter, Lindsey Marks, MPress Digital Printing, and Bargetto's Winery.   
 
View the Video that was shown at the event here.      
 
 
 
A Toast to Wine 2 Water 2020 Sue Gochis 2020-02-20 08:00:00Z 0

Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Helps Realize an Incredible Dream

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Sunrise Rotarians attended the recent grand opening of LEO’s Haven inclusive playground at Chanticleer Park on Saturday, January 18th.  Sunrise Rotary has been a long-time contributor to the project since its inception.  From its rubberized surfacing, adaptive swings, and tactile features to its wheelchair accessible play structure and quiet entryways for those with sensory difficulties, LEO’s Haven was designed to be accessible for children of all abilities.   The event was full of laughter and smiles, but also created moments of tears of joy from parents who were able to watch siblings play together on a playground for the first time.   LEO’s Haven is truly an “inclusive” place. 
 
 
The grand opening event was the culmination of a 6 year journey filled with countless hours of fundraising events, planning meetings, workdays, and other labors of love. Karen Gosling, who has been credited as the inspirational leader for the Sunrise Club, stated  “LEO’s Haven is a magical place for all children and is a remarkable tribute to what can be accomplished when passionate, committed people get together.”  The Sunrise Rotary Club contributed in several ways: they installed the LEO’s Haven sign, designated the project as the beneficiary for several fundraisers including the annual Fire Cracker Race and the Rotary Bike Ride, purchased educational panels for the main plan structure, and encouraged their fellow Rotary Clubs to join the effort.   To date, the club has donated over  $190,000 to the project. 
              
 
Sunrise President Peter Truman commented, “LEO’s Haven is just one example of the type of amazing projects that Sunrise Rotary supports. It also serves as a testament to the power of collaboration among Rotary clubs toward a united goal.”    The next Sunrise event is the Wine 2 Water event at Bargetto's Winery on Saturday, February 8th from 1-4 pm.  This event supports the Sunrise Rotary international water and sanitation project in Uganda.   All are welcome. 
 
 
Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Helps Realize an Incredible Dream Suzanne Gochis 2020-02-03 08:00:00Z 0
TEMPORARY MEETING LOCATIONS Jon Winston 2020-01-21 08:00:00Z 0

Bikes, Barrels, Blood Drives, and Boats ... Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Has Been Busy This Fall!

Posted by Sue Gochis on Nov 15, 2019
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The fall of 2019 has certainly been a busy season for the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club.    First, the group hosted the 2019 Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Ride "Jon and Ken's Most Excellent Adventure",  which raised $100,000 for Jacob's Heart.   A check was presented at the November 5th Rotary Meeting.    Over 100 riders, volunteers, and supporters experienced the 200 mile ride  which culminated in the Finish Line Party at the Tannery.   Additional funds raised in the event will be used to support the Sunrise Charities and Grants program and  the Sunrise Rotary scholarship program.   Next, the club truly "gave" of themselves to support the Red Cross Blood Drive.   The club rallied around the event and many members already  signed up again for the next drive.   The 2019 Barrel Wrap to support Second Harvest Food Bank's Holiday Drive was next on the list as Sunrisers wrapped over 70 barrels during a Saturday morning gathering.   To cap it all off, the club partnered with the Cupertino Rotary Club to join forces on a Chardonnay Sailing Ride.   Networking and socializing was at the top of the agenda and accomplished!    As a final note, the Sunrise Rotary Club has seen a record amount of  growth  in new memberships this fall.    Hats off to all the members who have brought friends and coworkers to the meetings and events to expose them to  our fun and amazing club.  GO SANTA CRUZ SUNRISE ROTARY!   
 
 
The club looks forward to some future events, such as the Holiday Party, International Project planning, and the annual Ski Trip.     
 
The Sunrise Rotary Club meets on Tuesday mornings at 7:15 at the Back Nine Grill and Bar, 555 CA 17, Santa Cruz, CA  95060.  We encourage anyone interested in ROTARY to come and check us out!  
Bikes, Barrels, Blood Drives, and Boats ... Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Has Been Busy This Fall! Sue Gochis 2019-11-15 08:00:00Z 0

Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Update September 7, 2019

Upcoming Events and News:​​​​​
 
  • Congratulations to our Rotarian of the Month for September 2019: Sue Gochis
  • Bike Ride Committee is meeting often- Time to sign up to volunteer or ride.  Link for the Bike Ride- Sponsor, Ride Volunteer. Contact Karen Gosling.
  • International Committee – September 17, Tuesday at 8:15am following the Rotary meetingAGENDA: Plan 2020 Wine 2 Water fundraiser on February 8, 2020 and select the beneficiary.   All are welcome to attend.
  • Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Board Meeting on Friday, September 20 at 7:15am at the American Red Cross office off of the frontage road- 2960 Soquel Avenue
  • Santa Cruz Sunrise 2019 Rotary 3 Day Bike Ride September 26, 27 & 28- Contact Mary Alsip or Karen Gosling
  • District 5170 Rotary Business Expo on Saturday, October 5. More information to follow. Registration Link
  • Rotary Sail on the Chardonnay with the Cupertino Rotary Club- October 13, 2019.  For information contact Tom Hart for tickets.
  • District 5170 Training Assembly, March 28, 2020
  • District 5170 District Conference in Livermore. Saturday, May 16, 2020.
  • Rotary International Convention, June 6 - 10 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Upcoming Tuesday Morning Meetings 7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Great opportunity to bring a guest and introduce them to our club.   ​  
If you have recommendations for future speakers please email here. Please provide the name, email, phone number and recommended topic.
 
  • 09/10/2019             Lisa Blanchard - Grateful Garment Project for victims of sexual violence
  • 09/17/2019             Assembly member Mark Stone -  Conversation with our California State Assembly representative
  • 09/24/2019             Kate Roberts - Monterey Bay Economic Partnership
  • 10/01/2019             Bike Ride Wrap-up
Community Events:​
 
Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Update September 7, 2019 Camilla Boolootian 2019-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

It's IN YOU to give!

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The #SleevesUP Campaign for Rotary District 5170 is going strong.   All Rotarians are encouraged to give toward the goal of 100 District 5170 blood donations by September 1st.   There is still time to meet our goal!   Even if you can't actually GIVE by September 1, you can still PLEDGE a donation now and then GIVE  during the months of September and October.   It still counts!   

Sunrise Rotarians Sue Gochis and Camilla Boolotian teamed up today at the  Red Cross in Santa Cruz at 2960 Soquel Avenue with #District5170!   Look how much fun they are having!  

 

   

Please make a pledge and schedule your appointment – Go to our special link: https://sleevesup.redcrossblood.org/…/rotary-district-5170…/  and pledge to make your blood donation. Once you make a pledge, then schedule an appointment at an upcoming drive or fixed site near you. 

Don't forget to use the hashtag #RotaryDistrict5170 and #SleevesUp to encourage others to A) donate blood and B) make an appointment using this link.

Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Please join us and donate today!

It's IN YOU to give! suzanne gochis 2019-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

Reflections from a First Year Rotarian

Posted by Suzanne Gochis on Aug 12, 2019
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As last year came to a close, I assessed the purpose and meaning of my life and contemplated some possible goals for the upcoming year.   The year was filled with a lot of activities and events, but the majority of my thoughts seemed to circle back to my involvement in my local Rotary club.    In January of 2018, I became an official Rotarian and embarked on an amazing journey of new discoveries over the course of the year. 
 
I moved to Santa Cruz, California in the summer of 2017 and was looking for a way to engage with my community when my new boss told me about this “club” that she thought I would really like.  When she told me the group was a Rotary club, I have to honestly say that I was somewhat underwhelmed.   While I have always had a heart for serving others, I thought Rotary was something my dad would join, not me.   I had a perception that these types of groups consisted of old, boring people who were all rich and retired.  (sorry… but that is what I always thought).   
 
While I was pretty sure that this club wasn’t going to be for me, I decided to humor my boss and attend a meeting.  I also had no real excuse to not try it because this club met at 7:15 every Tuesday morning and the meeting would not interfere with my current work or life obligations.   I made plans to attend thinking that I would just show up, sit toward the back, gather some information, maybe talk to a few people, and never return.   When that Tuesday morning came, I arrived at the location way too early.    I didn’t want to be in an awkward position  of being “too” early, so I sat in my car until about 5 minutes before the meeting was to start.  I was expecting there to be about 5 people in the room and a very low energy vibe.    Was I ever wrong!
 
When I entered the room, there were about fifty people in the room, and there was a positive buzz that was palpable.   These people had great energy, and it was readily apparent that all were truly glad to see one another.    I felt like I was at one of my family gatherings – people were laughing, high fiving, hugging, and animatedly conversing.   I was greeted by a person wearing a badge with the word GREETER and his name on it (Rick), and he was very welcoming.    He explained some of the basics to me without being overly invasive to my personal space.  (I typically like to keep a 3 foot window of space between myself and others, and Rick was the perfect host J).   He showed me to a table and the meeting commenced.   
 
I don’t remember much else about that first meeting other than immediately realizing that this was a group I wanted to join.    My original stereotypes were blown away instantly.  The members were funny and energetic and it was obvious that they loved to serve.  The list of opportunities to get involved was varied and interesting.   While some of the members were “senior” by a chronologic definition, they absolutely didn’t act their age!   I could tell that this was a group that liked to work hard but have fun (two main requirements for any project I undertake). 
  
From day one, my club has embraced me and made me feel at home.    I became a Red Badger, then a Blue,  and I have not looked back.    In the past year,   I have participated in a multitude of service and social activities through my club, I’ve learned about a local, state, and national topics through our fantastic guest speakers, and I’ve been able to personally witness the huge impact that my club makes on the lives of others.  Additionally, I’ve made many new friends who I adore and cherish.  My first year in Rotary has been an amazing journey.   
 
 As I reflected on my first year, there were three revelations I had:  
#1.  Being involved in Rotary will make you live longer.   It’s true!    We recently had a speaker on the topic of “Aging Well” and her main point was that we need to ensure that we establish our personal “community” as we grow older.  Having a circle of friends and family who we can be with and enjoy as we age is 100% beneficial to your health.   Rotary provides this sense of relational community.  I’m continually reminded of that every Tuesday when we gather before the meeting to catch up on one another’s lives and celebrate our connections.    At our projects or other events, we also get to enjoy one another and create memories. This is truly a special group of individuals who serve as my “community.”
 
#2.  Rotary enriches your purpose in life.     By helping others, we also help ourselves.    Doctors around the world have stated that our mental health is directly related to our satisfaction with our own lives, and there is certainly no better sense of satisfaction than being a part of a positive impact on the life of another person.   Through Rotary, I have been able to witness the joy on the faces of children with disabilities who were able to ride an adaptive bike for the first time.  I was able to watch as an international village transformed the lives of its community members through our Rotary clean water project.   Rotary allows us to do things for others that we never thought possible, and it is through that process that we also get to experience the magic that is created. 
 
#3.   Rotarians are FUN.    Despite my initial stereotype, I now  have an informed perspective of Rotarians.  There is never a dull moment in our Club, and there are always new and interesting fun times to be created and experienced.   I have learned a lot about these remarkable people and their zest and zeal for life. Sunrise Rotarians Rock!
 
As I enter my second year in Rotary, I look forward to another incredible year of service and all of the new and exciting experiences that this next year will bring.   I would encourage anyone who is seeking an avenue for service and an opportunity to personally and professionally grow to consider Rotary.   With over 1.2 million members in 35,000+ clubs across the world, there is a place for everyone!  
Visit www.rotary.org  for more information.   
Reflections from a First Year Rotarian Suzanne Gochis 2019-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Update July 21, 2019

Upcoming Events and News:​​​​​
 
  • Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Dues-  Thank you to the many people who have paid your FY20 dues, if you have not, please bring in a check for $275 or pay online.  We have to send our check to the district, help us out and get your dues in. 
  • Bike Ride Committee meeting - Time to secure sponsors and sign up to volunteer or ride.  Link for the Bike Ride- Sponsor, Ride Volunteer. Contact Karen Gosling.
  • A huge thank you to Rick Hoffstetter and all who particpated to make the debunking for Camilla absolutely fabulous!
  • International Committee meeting - July 23 following the Rotary meeting. Agenda: next annual Wine 2 Water international fundraiser, review of April 2019 Kasese Safari, future Safari 2020-21. All are welcome to attend.
  • District 5170 Membership Seminiar, Saturday August 17 8:30am - 12pm. Link
  • Santa Cruz Sunrise 2019 Rotary 3 Day Bike Ride September 26, 27 & 28- Contact Mary Alsip or Karen Gosling
  • District 5170 Rotary Business Expo on Saturday, October 5. More information to follow.
  • District 5170 Training Assembly, March 28, 2020
  • District 5170 District Conference in Livermore. Saturday, May 16, 2020.
  • Rotary International Convention, June 6 - 10 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Upcoming Tuesday Morning Meetings 7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Great opportunity to bring a guest and introduce them to our club.   ​  
If you have recommendations for future speakers please email here. Please provide the name, email, phone number and recommended topic.
  • 07/23/2019            Elliott Campbell - Agroecology & Climate Science: "Could car swapping accelerate EV adoption.
  • 07/30/2019            Tiffany Wise-West - SC City Sustainability and Climate Change
  • 08/06/2019            Lori Butterworth & Lily Rich - Lori Butterworth & Lily Rich
  • 08/13/2019             Fellowship Meeting - no speaker
  • 08/20/2019             David Bernick - UCSC - iGem Project
  • 08/27/2018             Red Badge Bios
  • 09/03/2019             TBA
  • 09/10/2019             Lisa Blanchard - Grateful Garment Project for victims of sexual violence
  • 09/17/2019             Assemblymember Mark Stone -  Conversation with our California State Assembly representative
Community Events:​
 
 
Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Update July 21, 2019 Camilla Boolootian 2019-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
President Truman Takes the Helm of the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club Suzanne Gochis 2019-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Supports the Community Sue Gochis 2019-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
Sunrise Rotary Project improves water and toilets for 1,624 people in Uganda  Peggy Pollard 2019-05-05 07:00:00Z 0
Kasese, Uganda Rotary Safari Sue Gochis 2019-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
Sunrisers Hit the Slopes Sue Gochis 2019-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
Welcome to the Rotary Club ofSanta Cruz Sunrise! Jon Winston 2018-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
SUNRISE ROTARIANS REACH FINISH LINE Sue Gochis 2018-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
400th Bag of Trash Collected! Sue Gochis 2018-08-22 07:00:00Z 0
New President to Lead Sunrise Sue Gochis 2018-08-12 07:00:00Z 0
Mary Gaukel Forster Honored as Education Hero Sue Gochis 2018-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
District 5170 Meeting is Extra Special for Sunrise Rotarians this Year Sue Gochis 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Sunrisers Find Fellowship and Fun Amidst the Trash Sue Gochis 2018-05-28 07:00:00Z 0
Learning all about ClubRunner Sue Gochis 2018-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
2016 Youth Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications Jon Winston 2016-01-29 08:00:00Z 0

31st Annual Youth Scholarship Golf Tournament - June 3, 1pm

Posted by Ross McClenahan on Jan 23, 2016

The 31st Annual Santa Cruz Sunrise Youth Scholarship Golf Tournament is "Golf for a Great Cause". Since 1999, our annual golfing event has raised more than $185,000, providing scholarships to over 50 local high school seniors.

Whether you are a seasoned golfer or just a beginner, join us for a fun day of Golf and BBQ on June 3, 2016

There will be great prizes for all skill levels. Scenic DeLaveaga Golf Course and Lodge in the hills above Santa Cruz provides the perfect setting for this non-profit golf challenge.

The requested donation for this charitable event is $150 per person. Your registration includes green fees, golf cart, BBQ for 2, and great golfer gifts.

You can register and pay securely online using a credit/ debit card.

Want to help sponsor the event and our local youth in continuing their education? Please contact Bill Buck at 831-476-7620 for hole and contest sponsorship information. Click to download the event brochure, the sponsorship packet or the hole sponsorship packet.

Thank You Sponsors!!!

31st Annual Youth Scholarship Golf Tournament - June 3, 1pm Ross McClenahan 2016-01-23 08:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Rotary Family Beach Party - April 25, 2015 10am-7pm

Posted by Ross McClenahan on Mar 09, 2015

Experience a full day at the world famous Cowell’s Beach & Steamer Lane surf breaks. Surf, paddleboard, team relays, sandcastle contest, & many more fun filled events. You can also spend the day at the Santa Cruz Wharf & the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Your paid registration includes: A surf design t-shirt, lunch, luau dinner, beach activities, surf competitions, awards, & beverages at Monterey Bay Exploration Center.

View the full details and register online at http://events.santacruzsunriserotary.org.

Sunrise Rotary Family Beach Party - April 25, 2015 10am-7pm Ross McClenahan 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Wine into Water Benefit - March 1, 2015 4 - 6 pm, Cafe Iveta Jon Winston 2015-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
Photos from This Weeks Meeting - 11 Nov 2014 Jon Winston 2014-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
MEETING LOCATION CHANGE!!!! Jon Winston 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z 0

Rotarians Henderson and Shaw Bring on the Art

Posted by Jon Winston on Sep 25, 2014
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In their continuing support of Santa Cruz's outdoor art initiative, Sunrise Rotarians Keith Henderson and Creedence Shaw, along with friend of Rotary Bill Shultz, again rose to the occasion to give rise to downtown's latest art installation.   The stunning new piece, called Upstream by Marilyn MacKenzie, sits on Pacific St opposite Church St. 
 
Read the full press release here.
Rotarians Henderson and Shaw Bring on the Art Jon Winston 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0

New Video Touting Arts in the Afternoon

Posted by Jon Winston on Mar 26, 2014

Enjoy this fantastic video produced by Romney Dunbar (Dunbar Productions) and starring program co-creator Peggy Alberti showing the latest look at Arts in the Afternoon.


New Video Touting Arts in the Afternoon Jon Winston 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z 0

Wine into Water Benefit - October 12, 2013 3pm - 6pm

Posted by Jon Winston on Sep 29, 2013
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Update Oct 13 2013:

The event was a smashing success!   Over $3,500 was raised for our beneficiaries while having a fabulous time.  Thank you to all who participated.   

See you next year at Wine Into Water II.   


Tickets are going fast for the wine event of the year! Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to taste outstanding wines and feast on scrumptious appetizers. 

Proceeds to benefit the Kasese Uganda Water Project, the Guatemala Health Fair and ShelterBox. 

Featured wines will be available for purchase at a discount.

Click here for all the details.

Wine into Water Benefit - October 12, 2013 3pm - 6pm Jon Winston 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z 0

Past President Darlene de la Cerna's Debunking

Posted by Jon Winston on Aug 29, 2012
In case you missed this unforgettable tribute and celebration of the legendary President Darlene's year, and even if you were there and partook in the festivities, you'll enjoy watching this terrific video by our own intrepid handy-cam wielding storyteller, Jeremy Lezin.

Past President Darlene de la Cerna's Debunking Jon Winston 2012-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Ken Whiting's WAVES for Success Featured on MSNBC Jon Winston 2012-05-30 00:00:00Z 0
Adopt-A-Levee: Partnership for a Beautiful Santa Cruz Ross McClenahan 2012-04-02 00:00:00Z 0
Team Sunrise Rocks the Mountain at WLGSR Jon Winston 2012-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
Keith Henderson Receives Young ShelterBox Outreach Award Jon Winston 2012-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Interact Fall Leadership Conference - Don't Miss It! Jon Winston 2011-09-27 00:00:00Z 0

What's Rotary All About?

Posted by Jon Winston on Aug 07, 2011

Wondering what Rotary is all about?   It's hard to describe in 34 seconds, but this video will give you a good idea! 

For more information on our club, one of 33,000 Rotary Clubs around the world, feel free to peruse our website. You'll find much more information at the Rotary International website.

Thanks for visiting!

What's Rotary All About? Jon Winston 2011-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
It's Jon & Ken's Excellent Adventure Time! Jon Winston 2011-08-01 00:00:00Z 0

The 26th Annual Youth Scholarship Golf Tournament

Posted by Ross McClenahan on May 28, 2011

 A HUGE thank you to volunteers, sponsors, donors and golfers participating in this years Youth Scholarship Golf Tournament.   Although the weather presented the occasional challenge, the event was well attended and a great time was had by all.

Most importantly, the tourney was a tremendous success bringing in a record $25,000 to support our Annual High School Scholarship Program. 

Please take a moment to view the tournament photos here and here.

The 26th Annual Youth Scholarship Golf Tournament Ross McClenahan 2011-05-29 00:00:00Z 0
The 2011 Firecracker 10K/5K/Kids 1K Jon Winston 2011-05-29 00:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Receives "Community Supporter of the Year" Award

Posted by Jon Winston on May 02, 2011
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The Santa Cruz Education Foundation's Eddy Awards provide an opportunity for the community to recognize the outstanding commitment made daily by the dedicated educators, staff and volunteers of Santa Cruz City Schools.

This year the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise was honored to be the recipient of the Community Supporter of the Year award.   The SCEF recognized Sunrise for it's many contributions to the Santa Cruz City Schools including the dedication of the new SCHS Track and Field, Arts in the Afternoon, Scholarships and Grants.

Sunrise Receives "Community Supporter of the Year" Award Jon Winston 2011-05-03 00:00:00Z 0

This Month's Rotary Minute - How can Rotary stay relevant to its younger members?

Posted by Jon Winston on Feb 28, 2011

Why are you a Rotarian? What does Service Above Self mean to you? 
How can you get more involved?

Hear answers to these questions and more from Rotarians around the world with Rotary Minute. Each month, Rotary International produces a unique video on topics of interest to Rotarians and non-Rotarians alike.   Visit the Rotary International channel on YouTube to view past videos.

 
This Month's Rotary Minute - How can Rotary stay relevant to its younger members? Jon Winston 2011-03-01 00:00:00Z 0

Camp Harmon Work Day A Success!!

Posted by Jon Winston
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All I can say is... WOW!!!   Nearly 30 Sunrise Rotarians, family members and friends came out for to give it up for Easter Seals Camp Harmon.  According to Easter Seals Camping Coordinator Jennifer Highland and Chief Development Officer Tracy Chappell, this was the most ambitious event of it's kind at Camp Harmon... ever.

Camp Harmon Work Day A Success!! Jon Winston 2009-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Enduring Story: Terri Schneider Jon Winston 2009-02-03 00:00:00Z 0

Sunrise Welcomes DG Gary Citti

Posted by Rod Caborn on Jul 07, 2008
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Jeanne MacLaren introduced our esteemed guest, District Governor Gary Citti. Gary was extremely complementary of our club and its achievements noting that "he was privileged to be here to learn more and offer a few humble suggestions."
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Scholarship Recipients Honored

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Our 2008 High School Senior scholarship recipients were honored today and presented with the first installment of their 4 year scholarship awards.  This year's winners, introduced by Scholarship Committee chair John Caldwell, were Vanessa and Jessica Silverstein, Megan Bradly, Eudenia Robles, Lara Rich and Trevor Sughrue

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Shelterbox in Bolivia

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Past Sunrise Rotary President and ShelterBox SRT Keith Henderson has provided the following fantastic report on his most recent deployment. Keith was in La Paz Bolivia following the devastating mud slides in the Spring of 2011.

Read Keith's article here

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Rare chance to hang with RI Pres. Ray Klinginsmith

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The time is getting short to register for our Rotary Roundup with Trail Boss Ray. Let's start the year "kickin' up our boots, and having FUN" by joining President Ray at the Saddle Rack on January 2.

LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS ON FRIDAY, December 24, so click HERE to register NOW!

Lets give President Ray a warm Districk 5170 welcome!

How often do you have the opportunity to hang out with an actual Rotary International President? Well, this is it...

The trail boss, Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith is from Missouri and he ought to know, there ain't nothin more fun than a Rotary Round Up with folks who live by the Cowboy Logic. There'll be vittles a'plenty while you wet your whistle. And if you have a hankerin' to tap your feet, you'll have a chance to do a hoedown, the Texas two-step and line dancin' with the trail boss too.

Y'all Come!

Click here to register!


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Jingle Bells Rock 5K for Good

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It's the 2010 Santa Cruz Jingle Bells Rock - Toys for Tots - 5K Run!!!

Put a smile on a child's face. This is a REALLY great cause. Last year we collected over 300 toys for kids who would otherwise not have any holiday gifts. This year our goal is to reach 1000 toys.

The Henderson's (Past President Keith and Community Super-Star Regina) encourage all to come out for this holiday event to have some fun and support a great cause.

Event details available at http://www.finishlineproduction.com/events/ToyRun/toyrun2.html.


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Ukes & Flutes!

Posted by Jon Winston
In it's first year, after only two semesters, Arts in the Afternoon is becoming the after-school rage for middle schoolers all over the county!
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District Conference Delivers!

Posted by Jon Winston

With the theme: Revitalizing your commitment to World Peace & Understanding, Preservation of the Planet, One Child at a Time and Rotary Within You! this year's District 5170 lived up to it's promise... and more.

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It was a Doo-Wopping Good Time!

Posted by Jon Winston

Many thanks to Sam Nigh and the lovely Doo-Wops for a fantastic early morning performance on March 23rd!

Photos from the morning can be viewed here.

Their last song, Maybe by the Chantels, was captured on video (apologies for the marginal quality) for your everlasting enjoyment.

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Project Homeless Connect Comes to Santa Cruz

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A couple of weeks ago during our regular meeting, Samantha Green, Volunteer Coordinator for the United Way of SC County, and Maggie McKay with the Homeless Persons Health Project, spoke to us about an very significant upcoming event in our community: Project Homeless Connect.

The event is March 30th from 10am to 4pm at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.

The following is excerpted from the United Way of SC County website:

The United Way of Santa Cruz County is excited to bring Project Homeless Connect to Santa Cruz County.

In 2001, the United States government adopted a national goal to end homelessness in ten years. It is now 2010 and while our nation and our county have made great strides in reducing homelessness, the number of homeless individuals in our county is astounding. It is estimated that Santa Cruz County is home to at least 4,624 homeless individuals. Many of these individuals are homeless for the first time. They are unfamiliar with the services this community has to offer and they are ashamed of their need.

Project Homeless Connect originated in San Francisco California in 2004 to address the issue of homelessness. Since that date, projects have been held in more than 220 communities across the nation.

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SCHS Interactors Fundraiser for Haiti

Posted by Jon Winston

March 24, 2010 UPDATE: SCHS Interact Vice President Holly Borg reported that the fundraiser was VERY successful and wished to thank everyone that came out to support their efforts. The Interactors made $110 through the sales of their handmade, and very stylish, bracelets. This brings them to $837 toward the $1000 goal in order to sponsor a ShelterBox. They also were VERY APPRECIATIVE of the Surfrider Cafe's generosity in donating 15% of the day's receipts to Interact. This money will go into the Interact Club's general fund for future projects. Again, many thanks to all for your generous support of the Santa Cruz High School Interact Club.
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Here's a fun and filling way to support our Interact Club at Santa Cruz High School as they make their final push toward raising $1000 to purchase a ShelterBox for Haiti.

The Surfrider Cafe (429 Front Street, Santa Cruz, 713-5258) has generously offered to donate 15% of the lunch and dinner sales on Wednesday March 24 to the Interactor's cause.

These amazing kids have found their inner Rotarians and won't be stopped until they Make The World a Better Place... one creative fundraiser at a time.

Please try to make it down to the Surfrider Cafe on Wednesday to enjoy a great meal with your someone special and help our Interactors do some good!

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Team Sunrise Rocks the Mountain

Posted by Jon Winston

Last weekend was the 34th annual Dick Linkey Rotary Ski Challenge, also known as the epic World's Largest Gathering of Skiing Rotarians, hosted by the Rotary Club of Tahoe City.

Team Sunrise was capably represented by the stalwart crew of Scott Pinheiro, Jim Cumming, Andy Hartmann, Karen Gosling and Mark Junod.

According to Coach Pinheiro, "Santa Cruz Sunrise took an astonishing 15th overall place. Under sunny skies and excellent new snow conditions, we not only skied but snowboarded to a very respectable placing." For some reason Scott failed to mention the hot tub, libations or that he won the Individual Silver Medal. Way to go Scott!

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Henderson Returns From Haiti!

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Keith Henderson just returned from a 2 week stint with ShelterBox in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. He related a number of stories and provided some first-hand details on the magnitude of the destruction and scope of the rescue efforts.

He also brought back these amazing photos taken by ShelterBox photographer Mike Greenslade.

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ShelterBox Appeal for Haiti at Jan 26th Meeting

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Thank you Sunrise Rotarians for your wonderfully generous response to Keith's presentation yesterday.   You gave nearly $2300 during the meeting!!!!

If you missed the opportunity to give, here's how you can make a secure donation online with recognition still going to our club and district:

    Go to http://www.shelterboxusa.com/ 
    Click on DONATE NOW
    Select "Rotary Club or Rotary-related donation"
    Enter "Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise" for the club name
    Enter "District 5170" for the Rotary District
    Complete the rest of the form, hit submit then feel great knowing you've just committed a selfless act of compassion!

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Ladies and Gentlemen of the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary,

We've all watched in horror at the devastation and suffering that's befallen those in Haiti as a result of the massive earthquake on January 12th.

What are we as Rotarians doing to help?

District Governor, Loren Harper, has suggested

ShelterBox as the vehicle through which Rotarians of District 5170 should make a financial contribution to the Haiti relief effort. DG Harper has asked that each of the 4000+ Rotarian in our district give generously, at least $20 and much more as your means allow, to the Rotarian-founded ShelterBox program. At $1000 per box, that's more that 80 boxes. Each box provides shelter and supplies for 10 people for periods of weeks or months.

Our very own Keith Henderson, as you know, is one of just a handful of trained ShelterBox deployment specialists in the US. Keith has been visiting the other clubs in our Area and reports they have been extremely generous. For example, the Capitola-Aptos club raised over $3000 dollars in their meeting last week, the Santa Cruz Friday club gave generously, and Watsonville passed the hat and raised over $2500.

Keith will be giving a ShelterBox presentation to our club at the Tuesday January 26th meeting. He will also be looking to each of us to make our contribution to the relief effort. Please bring your checkbook and give as generously as you can.

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Holiday Memories

Posted by Jon Winston

Song, Santa and Sausage! Yep, it was another fantastic holiday breakfast meeting on December 22nd 2009.

Hats off to the hearty family members, especially those little ones, who got themselves out of bed and dressed up for Santa this morning. I'm sure all of their dreams for a wonderful Christmas came true.

Click here to enjoy a spellbinding 6 minute slideshow of that magical holiday meeting day .

Speaking of great holiday memories, how about that Sunrise Rotary Holiday Party at the Winston's? Does this group know how to party, or what?!

If you can stand it, click here for yet another awesome slideshow. These shots courtesy of Jeremy Lezin.
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Gala 25th Anniversary

Posted by Jon Winston

On Octobert 13rd 2009 the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary celebrated it's 25th year of clubhood with a grand Gala and tribute to it's 26 Past Presidents.   The food and wine (Vinehill, of course) were spectacular.  The music was tops thanks to the rock'n stylings of DJ Joe Williams.  But the highlight of the evening was the surprise presentation of the first ever SCSR Lifetime Achievement Award to the very humble, very appreciative and very deserving John Caldwell.

If you missed the event, or would just like to relive the magic of the evening, click here to watch a 7 minute slideshow.

Video maestro Romney Dunbar is preparing a film documenting the event so stay tuned for that as well.

Finally, special thanks and appreciation to Nick Guerrero for spearheading the effort to make this fantastic event a reality.  And of course, nothing involving a party and good times gets done without the organizational wizardry of the incomparable Darlene de la Cerna!

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Habitat For Humanity Work Day

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Jeremy Lezin reports on the successful Habitat For Humanity work day on Sunday Feb 28th. Present for the event from Sunrise Rotary were: Julie Forbes, Jeremy Lezin, Hilary Bryant, Dieter Ramaekers, Kerry Nehls, Jeff Kirk, Tom Stelling and Ari Symons. Also helping were UCSC Rotoractors: Ben G., Chris P., Clarence T., Carina L., Nick D., Jessi G. and Andrew C..

Here's Jeremy's report and photos:

We arrived and received an overview of the project, as well as a safety briefing (wear a hard hat and make sure we have your emergency contact info). The task at hand was to construct the little roof piece that the rafters sit on, an interesting junction of angles and holes.

Some of our members attached chicken wire over the holes, to keep birds from roosting in the attic. Jeff, Dieter and Tom cut two by eights to length with a balky cut-off saw that needed repairs during the first hour. The Rotaractors were tasked with drilling the holes in the roof pieces. Hilary and Ari slapped staples into the bird screens while JL routed out the holes. I think the routing was done to afford a more comfortable landing site for nesting birds.

In spite of the fact that we had all planned on working until 3, a pesky neighbor requested that we stop at lunch, the latter being a delicious turkey chili. But the good news was that due to the efficiency of the Sunrise Rotarians boosted by the Rotoracters, we finished all of our work by noon.

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Arts in the Afternoon a Raging Success!

Posted by Jon Winston

They did what comes naturally to Rotarians everywhere. They blended their passion with their Rotarian desire to have a positive effect in the community, and applied it with inspiration and compassion to an area of tremendous need. What resulted is Arts in the Afternoon, the latest brain child of Sunrise Rotarians Bruce McGuire and Peggy Alberti.

AITA is an after-school enrichment program for middle schoolers, provided at little or no cost to the school and students. In a time of diminishing academic budgets and decimated arts programs, AITA is filling a gap and providing school-based instruction not available anywhere else.

AITA brings together expert instructors (Peggy and Bruce included) from the community, Rotarian volunteers and motivated art, music and dance loving students to learn instrument building and performance skills in a fun, safe and challenging environment.

After this first very successful session, Peggy and Bruce have plans to expand the program in breadth and depth offering additional classes in new arts-related areas.

To see the students in class and performing please watch this video produced by Sunrise Rotarian Jeremy Lezin.

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Where's There's a Will... There's a Fence

Posted by Jon Winston

Community Service Chair Jeff Talmadge and his scraped knuckle minions are proud to announce the completion of the new Community Garden Fence Project at the Christ Lutheran Church in Aptos. After three long days of hard, but very satisfying work the 1000' long fence, including 4 man-gates and a vehicle gate, is complete!

Project organizer, Melanie Larson, was beside herself with thanks and praise for the efforts of the Sunrise and Aptos-Capitola clubs in making this community garden a reality. She currently has a waiting list for the more that 80 garden plots that will be created in this new space. Updates on the progress of the opening of the garden will be forthcoming.

Thank you to everyone who contributed their time for this project, and everyone else for their support.

View a slideshow of the project by clicking here.

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Downtown Penguins on the Move

Posted by Jon Winston

Last weekend the installation of the latest addition to the SculpTOUR art on the mall display, "The Boys of Summer", a flock of 7 bronze emperor penguins created by artist Michael McLaughlin, was completed.  View a slideshow of Sunrise Rotarians and others performing the installation.   Read the Sentinel article on the unveiling.

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Second Harvest Food Drive

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The Second Harvest Food Bank Holiday Food Drive is on! Every dollar you donate becomes 5 meals for families in need. There are about 60,000 working poor families, children, and seniors in need of food each month, an increase of 20-30%. Half of those served are children with no other resource for a nutritious meal.

Your donation today will make a difference. If every person in the club donated $5 we could help provide upwards of 2,500 meals for this holiday season.

Click here to take you to the GiveZooks website where you may use a credit card to make a secure online donation in the name of Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary.

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Raising Hope by Raising A House

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The Children's Hospice fundraiser spearheaded by President Michael Bethke received some pre-press on Monday 7/27.  KSBW did a nice story featuring our very own Hilary Bryant and Michael Bethke which appeared on the 6 pm evening news.  If you missed it you can watch it by clicking here.  Stay tuned for more information regarding this upcoming fundraiser scheduled for Saturday September 5th.

Post-event Update: What an amazing event!  Words can't describe the energy, joy and compassion that flowed through the nearly 1,000 people that joined together to celebrate the magical moment.   View a slideshow of the day by clicking here.

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Annual Youth Scholarship Golf Tourney a Success!

Posted by Jon Winston

It's a wrap!   Another fantastic Annual Youth Scholarship Benefit Golf Tournament is in the record books.  It was a glorious day for golf and the 110+ registered golfers came out to play and to have some fun.

Enjoy a slideshow of the day by clicking here.

The proceeds of this fun day on the links funds our annual youth scholarship program providing financial support to qualified local high school students.  Since 1999, our golfing event has raised more than $100,000 towards local scholarship gifting benefiting more that 50 graduating seniors from Santa Cruz high schools.   Download the tournament brochure and enjoy the following short video clip about the event.

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PDG Brad Howard Addresses PolioPlus

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It was an honor and privilege to host Mr. Brad Howard as our speaker today discussing the topic of the polio eradication effort's "last mile".

Brad, a charter member of the Oakland-Sunrise club and Past District 5170 Governor (2002-3), has held a variety of club, district, zone and RI assignments.  His many achievements include: being the Zone 24 Polio Challenge Coordinator; being an RI President's Representative to a number of District Conferences, being the District Rep to the 2007 Council on Legislation and being a recipient of the Rotary International "Service Above Self" award.

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Diapers Diapers Everywhere!

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You've got to admit that at first blush the idea of recycling baby's disposable diapers is a bit of a mind bender.   That is, until, you learn more about what it is, how it's done and why it means so much to the environment.   Ladies, gentlemen and diaper lovers of all ages, introducing EarthBaby, the worlds first environmentally friendly solution to the dirty diaper dilemma.

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Constitutional Rights in Collision

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Ari Symons introduced today's speaker, Rebecca Connolly a partner in the law firm of Grunsky, Ebey, Farrer and Howell. Ari shared that she and Rebecca have been friends and professional associates for many years.  They both worked together in the Santa Cruz County DA's office where Rebecca was Assistant DA.   The topic of Rebecca's talk was: Political Speech and the First Amendment.

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Weeds No Match for Rotarians on Earth Day

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"Save The Natives!" was the battle cry of the day.   Remember back in January we had a contingent of volunteers make the trek out to the new Coast Dairies State Park at Laguna Creek to plant a slew - nearly 10,000 - new native seedlings in a former artichoke field.  Today we returned to see how the little critters are doing and to give them a bit of help.

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A Rummage Sale to Remember

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Rotary International Foundation's Polio Plus  fund is now $4000 closer to reaching this year's goals; a whole bunch of garages and attics are a lot cleaner; and, dozens of shoppers are ecstatic about the bargains they found at this week's Sunrise Rotary Rummage Sale. A triple WIN!  It was a monumental effort spear-headed by the inimitable trio of Randy Parker, Bernice Robertson and Darlene de la Cerna.

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Exchange Student Takes Us Home

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Isadora Quintanilha, our inbound Exchange Student from Brazil, has been in Santa Cruz for 8 months attending SCHS and learning the ins and outs of being a American kid.  Isadora has attended many of our weekly meetings throughout the year, but we've never really had the opportunity to get to know her and her background.  Today we had the pleasure.
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Easter Seals Says "Thanks!"

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Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary was heartily thanked in this month's Easter Seals Newletter for our work in March at Camp Harmon.  View the article and be proud of our effort and accomplishments on behalf of this very worthy organization.

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To be or not to be... next year?

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Our esteemed guests this week were Shakespeare Santa Cruz Artistic Director Marco Barricelli and Director of Development Ann Gibb.  Marco became the festival AD in January 2008.  Originally from Boston, Marco is a graduate of Juilliard School and has been an actor, director and educator for more that 25 years.
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Something To Think About

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Tom Stelling introduced today's speaker, Dale Thielges. Ms. Thielges represents the local chapter of the Alzheimer Association (http://www.alz.org/norcal). She spoke to us today on this monstrous disease and the services provided by her organization.
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Degrees of Separation

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A few weeks ago Peggy Alberti and Bruce McGuire introduced their Music and Arts in the Schools project by conducting a detective report of sorts. Among the many musical instruments displayed that morning, Peggy showed off one very unusual stringed item called a "Luo Harp."   It turns out this harp has a fascinating origin that maps a path from a small African village through Peggy's grandmother directly to the White House. Peggy was good enough to put this cool story into words for us all to enjoy.

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Update From Scholarship Recipients

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Scholarship Chair John Caldwell recently received updates from 3 of our outstanding scholarship award recipients: Colleen Carmichael and twins Vanessa and Jessica Silverstein.

Colleen continues to pursue her Econ major and is applying her education with on-site employment.

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New Member Derrick Seaver Tells All

Posted by Peggy Alberti

Today's speaker was Red Badge member Derrick Seaver who took the opportunity to fulfill his Red Badge Biography and share with us the fascinating story of how this engaging young man entered the world of politics at the barely legal age of 17.

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Amgen Riders Hit Town

Posted by Jon Winston

Monday 2/16/2009 2:00pm. Here are a few photos I captured of the Amgen riders coming into town.  These were shot as the riders rounded the corner at Empire Grade/High St onto Bay.

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Beach Flats CC Fundraiser Great Success!

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Last night was INCREDIBLE! I am writing to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation for the support the Beach Flats Community Center (BFCC) received at the Cypress Lounge event.

You helped to raise over $4,000 in one evening! The checks are still coming in and I cannot thank you enough for all of your efforts. This was the most incredible example of community supporting community. You are such amazing friends.
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Size Really Does Matter!

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All the way from the frigid climes of southeastern Canada (not far from fabled Moose Factory Ontario - the home of the indomitable Sharks forward Jonathan Cheechoo), Nick Guerrero introduced today's speaker, Jean Cote, Professor of Kinesiology & Health Studies at Queens University at Kingston.   Jean is the author of numerous books and papers on sports and coaching performance and psychology.

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Community Bridges - A Vitial Community Resource

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Today's speaker was SC Sunrise member and Development Director for Community Bridges, Bruce Christopher.  Bruce took us through the evolution of C.B. from its inception in 1977 as the "Food and Nutrition Program" to becoming Community Bridges in the 90's. As an umbrella organization, C.B. provides admin, fundraising and executive management support for 7 key programs serving over 20,000 county residents.
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From Artichokes to Lizard Tail

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SC Sunrise Rotary was one of several groups and community members to participate in a restoration project on January 10th at Laguna Creek beach on the old Coast Dairies property.  Having recently acquired more than 10,000 acres of coastal and watershed property north of Wilder to Davenport, CA State Parks with the support the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks non-profit have begun a multi-year project to restore the once pristine coastal lands to their native state.

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Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise Track and Field

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The origins of the Santa Cruz High School Track and Field Project project began 11 years ago when two club members, Ken Whiting and Jon Sisk got together and decided to start a 3 day charity bike ride fundraising event to raise money for youth athletics in Santa Cruz.  At that time they had no idea what the funds would be used for, only that they would commit to 10 years, and donate the funds to a worthy cause at that time.
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Holiday Meeting a Smash Hit!

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Despite the worrisome economic times and the uncertain state of international relations, good ole' Santa didn't disappoint!   It was a wonderful morning marked by beautiful wide-eyed children, gleeful singing and much holiday cheer.

Enjoy a few of the magical moments captured in photo by clicking here.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Benefit to Save the Beach Flats Community Center

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Click here to view the flyer for the January 28th Benefit to save the Beach Flats Community Center .

Dear Friends - At the beginning of "Inauguration Weekend," a time when many Americans are being called to volunteer for a National Day of Service and to work together to help others, I would like you to be aware of a very specific need right here in Santa Cruz, and am asking for your immediate help with an important challenge, and offering a way in which you can make a difference.   Please read on...

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Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

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Today's speakers, Val Cole and Randy Widera were introduced by Jon Winston. Val is Vice-Chair and Randy is Director of Strategic Development and Partnerships for the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (www.ThatsMyPark.org).  "Friends" is local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and stewardship of our local state parks.
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Race and Entrepreneurial Success

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Nick Guerrero introduced today's speaker, Professor Robert W. Fairlie. Rob is the Director of Masters Programs in the Department of Economics at UCSC and the author of a new book "Race and Entrepreneurial Success: Black-, Asian-, and White-Owned Businesses in the United States" (MIT Press, 2008).
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High School Speech Contest

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What a turnout!  Thanks to the tireless efforts of Peggy Alberti this year's Speech Contest was the best ever.  With 8 very well prepared contestants each presenting compelling speeches, it was a morning to remember.  

Click here to view a slideshow of the students doing their thing.

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Red Badge Biographies

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It's always a pleasure and a treat to hear the tales of our newest members.  Today's Red Badge Biographies feature Randall Leonard and Ross McClenahan.

A second generation Santa Cruzian, Randall was raised and still lives on the Westside. 

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Desalination In Santa Cruz

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Someone once described a commercial desalination plant as one where you pour money in one end and you get clean water out the other. (Then again, we happily pay $8/gallon or more for bottled drinking water and have all that plastic waste to deal with after.) Our speaker today, Heidi Luckenbach of the Santa Cruz Water Department, helped put it all in perspective. Ms. Luckenbach explained our area's need for a supplemental drinking water supply and why "desal" is a viable choice.
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Red Badge Biographies

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Filling in for our program today were two of our stellar new Red Badgers: Dave Campbell and Bruce Christopher.   Kudos gents for stepping up to present your biographies, with virtually no prep time.

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An Idea Takes Root - 43 Years Ago

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Andy Hartmann introduced today's guest speaker Mr. Dan Harder, Director of the UCSC Arboretum.  A little known gem hidden just off Empire Grade north of Bay Ave, the 43 year old "arb" is an internationally recognized leader in global conservation research projects and home to thousands of native and imported species.
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Vocational Service: Back to 1905 Basics

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Tom Knott introduced his friend and former club-mate from the Rotary Club of Monterey Peninsula, Mary Margaret Fleming.  Today's talk, entitled "Vocational Service - Getting Back to the 1905 Basics" focused on the central role of Vocational Service as originally envisioned by Paul Harris and it's relevance to Rotary today.
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Santa Cruz Soccer Man

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Earl Coutant introduced today's speaker Paolo Carbone.  Paolo is one of the hubs of the youth and collegiate soccer scenes in the Santa Cruz area.  Among other roles, he is head coach for the men's and women's teams at Cabrillo; coaching director for the nationally recognized Santa Cruz Breakers Youth Soccer League, and founding organizer of the Breakers National Premier Soccer League team - a showcase semi-pro team consisting of youth, collegiate and post-collegiate players.

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International Traveler Hooks Up With J&K Riders

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On the second day of this year's J&K ride a fellow peddling traveler came upon one of our rest stops.  In the true spirit of Rotary he was invited in for a drink and some protein.  Turned out this well equipped biker wasn't out for just another Saturday ride... not by a long shot!
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"Santa Cruz: Never a Dull Moment" - Now Online

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UPDATE: Jeremy Lezin presented his 1975 film Santa Cruz: Never a Dull Moment at our April 22, 2008 meeting (see full story below).  The film was a big hit, with many of you acquiring your own personal DVD copies.  Unfortunately, viewing the film at the April meeting was difficult due to poor projection conditions.  To satisfy your craving to view and enjoy this marvelous 24 minute film in it's full splendor, it has been digitized and put on line.  Simply click here to watch it from the comfort of your own computer screen.

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Amgen Tour of California

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Long time friend and Boardwalk associate, Ken Whiting, introduced our distinguished speaker, Matt Twissleman.  Matt was speaking today on the Amgen Tour of California and his successful efforts to bring the prestigious race through Santa Cruz.
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2008 Firecracker 10K Video online

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News Flash!  After many hours of slaving over a hot iMac, Jeremy Lezin has completed editing this year's FC 10K race video.

It's a terrific 10 minute wrap of the day's events, including great race footage of the Kid's 1K and full 10K.  Don't miss the cameo apperances by many of the club volunteers and the stunning pre-race Jazzercise warm up sequence!

The video can be viewed on the FC 10K website:  www.SantaCruzFirecracker10k.org.

(Sorry popcorn not included.)
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Hal Hyde To The Rescue!

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Due to an ill-timed flat tire our scheduled speaker, Mark Huber, Executive Director of the SCC Symphony, was suddenly unavailable.  Fortunately for us, Harold "Hal" A. Hyde, Watsonville Rotarian, who just happened to drop in for a visit, graciously agreed to fill in as speaker for the day.  (I believe he described the experience as having been dragooned into speaking. :))
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Rotarians in China

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Tom Wichelmann opened today's program by introducing our speaker Russ Hobbs.  Russ' presentation was both a pitch for the "magic" of RI matching funds for international projects, and a travelogue of his May '08 trip to China as part of a Rotarian and non-Rotarian humanitarian delegation.
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Special Days for Special Kids

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"Special Days for Special Kids" is the motto for the organization presented today by Max Montgomery and Brooks Lambert, founders of the Best Day Foundation (www.BestDayFoundation.org)  Each long time members of the locally grown Ride-A-Wave Foundation (www.RideAWave.org), Max and Brooks recognized the universal potential of such an organization and committed themselves to creating the BDF and bringing it to the world.

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Rotary Resuscitation

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Enjoy these photos (courtesy of Jeremy Lezin) from last week's meeting at Dominical Hospital during which the lifesaving techniques of CPR were practiced.  Special thanks to Brian Liddicoat for making this event possible.
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RI and Foundation Tidbits

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The July issue of The Rotarian contained some interesting items related to RI and the Rotary Foundation.  Read on for a few excepts.

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RYLA Campers Demonstrate Leadership Skills

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(6/24/2008) Dave Mello introduced today's presenters, our Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients fresh from their self described life changing experience at Camp RYLA.   

Our four distinguished awardees this year are: Kelly Brokaw, Chelsea Heil, Keiko Kurita and Riley Sisk.

Click here to view a slideshow featuring our campers and this year's camp experience.

Read on for an excellent overview of RYLA provided by Dave Mello...

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Benefit Golf Tournament

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(6/13/2008) Couldn't have asked for a better day for a golf tourney!   This year's benefit for the Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Program went off without a hitch.  Congratulations to Bill Buck, Tom Knott and the entire golf tourney committee on a tremedous event.   Together, this year's 104 golfers and our generous hole sponsors raised over $15,000.

Click here to view some great shots captured by Darlene de la Cerna

Committee Chairman Bill Buck's offered this event description and wrap-up for this year:

"On Friday June 13th we held the 2008 Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise Annual Golf Tournament. This tournament is the club's only source for our scholarship program and when these young people attend our morning meetings to pick up their first years check (of four year scholarships) it's easy and very rewarding to see the great aspirations and abilities of our communities youth. And what a fun way to raise these funds, we had 25 foursomes and in true Rotarian style we had four first place teams (Overall, Men's, Women's, & Coed) but basically everyone was a winner, including the last place team which after all did post the highest score (nice job Jim, at least you guys rule on the bike ride). In the end all that seemed to matter was another great Bar-B-Q by Vince and his crew. Thanks to all our golfers, volunteers, hole sponsors and everyone else who donated gifts and prizes, for making this year's event was the most successful ever!"

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Dominican's Save A Friend Campaign

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They're something that most of us think about, hear about or unfortunately experience either directly or indirectly.  They come on quickly and if unchecked do irreparable damage in literally a matter of minutes.  Were talking about heart attacks and strokes, of course.  Paramedic Scott Vahradian joined us today as part of Dominican's "Save A Friend" outreach campaign.  

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Return of the Surfing Rotarians

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UPDATE!!!   Renee Whiting's fabulous slideshow of this delightful day is now viewable online.  Check it out!

 We couldn't have asked for a better day for the much anticipated return of the World's Largest Gathering of Surfing Rotarians and Family Fun Dayat the beachClick here to view a 5 minute slideshow of the day.   It was a blast!!!!

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Spotlight on Youth Exchange

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Mark Junod opened today's program with a quote from RI: "If every sophomore did an exchange the world would know peace. As Sunrise Youth Services Chair and District Long Term Youth Exchange - Inbound Chair, Mark knows of what he speaks. Mark introduced our exchange student from France, Ms. Alice Petiot.

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Red Badge Biographies

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Another stunning batch of new members presented their stories.   Today we welcomed Andy Hartmann, Christen Holder Watkins, and Justin Walker.

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And that's the way it was...

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The year was 1985.   23 years ago, almost to the month, a distinguished group of 33 came together to form our beloved Santa Cruz Sunrise club.   How fortunate we are to have John Caldwell, club historian par excellent, to recount for us some of the momentous events and fun times. 

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SCHS Interact Club Charity Tennis Tournament

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Santa Cruz Rotary Sunrise Interact Club members Megan Bradley and Vanessa Silverstein announced a Charity Tennis Tournament for the benefit of the Rotary SCHS Track and Field Project.   Download the registration form by clicking here.   The tournament will be held on Saturday March 24th from 1-3pm at SCHS.  

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2008-9 Club Assembly

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No detective report or speaker today.  The entire meeting was dedicated to the much anticipated annual Club Assembly.
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Santa Cruz Roots

Posted by Jon Winston
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Filmmaker Jeremy Lezin comes out of retirement this week to present at our meeting his acclaimed 1975 film: Santa Cruz - Never a Dull Moment.  (Click on the movie title to watch the film!) This was a unique opportunity to view an exceptional film and learn the unique history of our town, from the mouths of those who lived it.    Read a terrific review written by renowned actor and historian Gus Van Gorder in 1990 - then 90 years old.  Gus is now 107 and lives across the street from Jon Sisk!
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Rebecca Jackson Inspires With Her Love For Music

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What do you do after you've become a world renowned performer, a true master of your craft, a giver of joy to music lovers around the world?   You bring it back home, of course.   Rebecca Jackson is attempting the unthinkable: a series of 7 chamber concerts featuring world-class performers in various venues throughout our community... all for FREE!

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Rotary Cares & Rotary Builds!

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On April 19, 2008 our Community Service committee went to work.    Committee Chair Michael Bethke identified the need at the Harbor Light Church Loving & Learning Day Care School. 
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District Conference Notes and Highlights

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April 11-12 2008, San Jose, CA

The induction of a new member  in the presence of a three past Rotary International Presidents was a treat .  It was all done with great humor.  Cliff Dochterman fumbled and dropped the Rotary pin he was about to pin on the new member, and it went into a plant.  They looked for it briefly, and then he unpinned his own Rotary pin and gave it to the new member. 

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Jodi Harvey and Simply Your Best

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Simply Your Best  is a private educational organization providing classes and services to help their clients develop life skills to improve their personal lives and interpersonal relationships.

Member Jason Book introduced the founder and CEO of Simply Your Best, Jodi Harvey

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Project Pajamas

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The goal of Project Pajamas is to provide a new pair of PJ's to every child in a homeless shelter or other form of emergency housing in Santa Cruz County.  Children leave their homes when their parents are in distress, perhaps with a mother who is fleeing a batterer, or an addicted parent who seeks treatment.
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Captain Jim "Homer" Holm on Plastics at Sea

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Jim "Homer" Holm, has been a part of the Santa Cruz marine community for a long time.  He's sailed the seas and as an educator also had a huge impact here at home.  His current passion and the topic of today's talk is "Plastics at Sea."
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Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project

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It's been in the news a lot lately so this timely presention was all the more meaningful.  Joe Williams introduced our speaker Mary Hermansky of the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project (MBS&TP).   Joined by Mary was Al Smith, Chariman, and Erik Sturm of the National Marine Fisheries Services.  "Founded in 1976, the MBS&TP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration and enhancement of the native salmon and steelhead populations of the greater Monterey Bay area."

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The Graffiti Removal Project

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Sara Winterburn, former teacher, mom, marathoner and extreme volunteer at the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center opened her talk with the unsettling news: Folks, We Have a Problem!
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John Fisher, RotaCare Visionary

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Founded in 1989, RotaCare has grown from a single free clinic in Santa Clara, CA serving those "with the most need and the least access to medical services" to a national network of clinics from Northern California, Washington state and New York.  At the heart of this humanitarian effort is Aptos-Capitola Rotarian and president of the RotaCare board, Mr. John Fisher.
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Valentine's Day Social

Posted by Jon Winston

There is NO morning meeting on Tuesday Feb 12th.  Instead, bring your sweatheart and join in a very special wine and cheese social that evening.  Click here to view the invitation.

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Holiday Meeting Slideshow

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Always a wonderful way to end the year, today we celebrated the holidays with families, music and of course a magical visit from Santa.   Click here to view a pictorial slideshow of morning.
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Adopt-a-Family Needs Volunteers

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SC Sunrise Rotarian Charles Leigh-Wood is heading up the effort to staff this year's Adopt-A-Family Santa Cruz collection center.  He needs your help!  Please read on...
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Words of Wisdom from W.W.

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The following wise and moving words from the heart were authored by Winston Whittaker.   In preface, Winston shares that, "this message, from the office of the club's Vocational Services Comittee chairman, is for my fellow Rotarians, parents and those professionals who will offer Career Panel's mentorship, job shadowing, role model examples to our children this year."
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District Governor Dick Lohmiller

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This week we had the honor of hosting District 5170 Governor Dick Lohmiller.   DG Lohmiller was accompanied by his wife Kay Lohmiller, who is also active in Rotary, and was introduced by Assistant District Governor Shelley Neate.  

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You have a Methamphetamine Problem!

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It's not just the junkies that have a Methamphetamine problem.  Our speaker, Santa Cruz County Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (CNET) member Rich Westphal, made it amply clear that we all have a Meth problem.
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Red Badge Biographies

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It was a pleasure to meet and learn a bit about our latest Red Bader's in this installment of Red Bad Biographies.  These three prospective club members each gave an excellent presentation on their backgrounds and the varied paths leading to Santa Cruz and their current lives.
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RI Ambassador at Large Discusses Intnl Heath Care

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Ed Mattson, Board Chair for the Rotary International Cancer Support Group and Rotary Ambassador at Large, accompanied by his wife Irina, gave a moving presentation on his life's work of improving medical care for underserved populations around the globe, especially children with cancer.

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Scholarship Recipient Returns With Tales of Travel

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Our featured speaker was the impressive Westmont College senior and Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary scholarship recipient, Allison Trowbridge.   Ms. Trowbridge, a 2004 Soquel HS graduate, returned to show her appreciation for Rotary's support and to provide an update on her recent study abroad.

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Member Vivian Lewis Waves the Banner in Copenhagen

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August 13, 2007, Copenhagen - Rotary Club of Santa Cruz Sunrise member, Vivian Lewis, presented the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary banner to the Copenhagen International Rotary at an offsite dinner meeting following a club tour of the yacht James Cook.

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Lance Stackhouse, The K-9 Clinic, Inc. Jon Winston 0
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Host a Youth Exchange Student?

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Howdy! As most of you know, I am the Incoming Youth Exchange Chair for the district. For the year 2007-08, we are sending out 14 students, and we are hosting 14 students. We are looking for a family to host a boy from Germany in the Scotts Valley or San Lorenzo Valley area. We are also looking for a host family for a boy from Argentina for either the Aptos High School District or the Santa Cruz High School District. A host family does not need to be a Rotarian. It can be any family that would like to be a host for 1/2 of the school year.
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Danielle Crook, Miss Santa Cruz

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Guest Speaker Danielle Crook, an extremely impressive young woman, opened her presentation with a song unequivocally demonstrating why she graduated cum laude in Musicology from UCLA.  Danielle explained some of the benefits she had experienced in the process of preparing for the Miss Santa Cruz and Miss California competitions.  

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2007 Scholarship Golf Tournament

Posted by William Buck

2007 Scholarship Golf Tournament
June 15, 2007
De laveaga Golf Course

It's time to pull together those foursomes, folks!   There are still a few hole sponsorships left, too.  Don't miss out!  

Print the Registration Form and Hole Sponsor Form and follow the included instructions.

See you on the greens!

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The Year In Pictures

Posted by Jon Winston

2006 was a stellar year for the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary. We enjoyed many interesting and entertaining detectives and speakers.  Who could forget the Red Badge Bios, the HS Girls Speech Contest, our Rotary scholarship recipients, our field trips to Giro and Second Harvest, Sam Nigh and the Doo-Wops, Bikers Against Child Abuse, DG Russ Hobbs, past RI President Rick King, and so many more. 

The many club sponsored events such as the Second Harvest food sorts, the golf tourney, the Firecracker 10K, Jon and Ken's ride, Dictionaries for the schools, Adopt-a-Family and W.L.G. of Surfing.Rotarians, to name but a few, were both fun and very successful.

Enjoy a 13 minute slideshow and relive a few of these great moments by clicking here (or visiting www.PhotoShow.net/winstonhome).

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Triumphant Return of the Grand Isle Troopers!

Posted by Jon Winston

Complete story w/ pictures to follow soon... 

If you missed Jeremy's excellent slideshow presentation at the May 9th meeting, you can view it from the comfort of your own easy chair right here on your computer! 

Click here to start the slideshow.  

Note: Unfortunately, this presentation only works on Windows PC's.  Sorry all of you Mac'ers out there.  Also, the first time you try to view the slideshow you will be prompted to install the ProShow viewer on your computer.  It is safe and virus free.  Follow the prompts to install the viewer.

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Hurricane Katrina Relief Trip Prepares to Depart

Posted by Jon Winston



On April 1st, our Grand Isle Relief team will depart for Lousiana.  Our goal is to spend the week rebuilding homes damaged by hurricanes Rita and Katrina.  Grand Isle is the only inhabited barrier reef on the gulf and is inhabited by 1,500 residents.  ...
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Welcome to our new website!

Posted by Jon Winston
Welcome to the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary's new website!  We are all excited to see how ClubRunner will revolutionize the way we manage our day to day club activities, as well as communicate more effectively.
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