The Rotary Forum
Posted by Dick Dannells on Mar 23, 2017
PROGRAM: March 21, 2017: Jim Gregory-“Arroyo Grande Civil War Veterans”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting with his usual this day in history: Martin Luther King marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on March 21, 1965; Dr. Jonas Salk announced the polio vaccine on March 26, 1953; and Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay closed on March 21, 1963.
Linda Osty announced that a Pismo Beach 5 Cities Rotary Foundation $40 per person benefit to fund the new trade scholarship will be held on May 5 at the Melodrama featuring Mark Twain’s Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Steve Curry reported that there’s only six weeks to go before the annual golf tournament. All of the major sponsors from last year have renewed. Eric Mund reported that 46 tee sponsors have signed up. Scott Astrosky reported that a Summer Sizzle meeting will be held in two weeks. Andrea Lueker stated that the Youth Literacy Program is well under way. Pres. Greg announced that District Governor Sandy Smith recommended Ginny Derek of Rotary Bakersfield East has an interest in joining our club and she will be attending our meeting next week. Connie O’Henley announced that the Interact club will hold a Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser on Friday, March 31 to raise money for their international project. Sandy Lubin won the raffle prize of $107 after Harlan Silva picked his number out of a hat
Fine master Jim Lewis fined Mark Olson for his March 2 club anniversary. Since Mark has been maxed out on his annual pledge, he agreed to pay a $28 instead of a spin-the-wheel $50 fine. Shannon Bowdey was fined $10 for her birthday. Owen Schwaegerle was fined $10 for being late with his fine being paid by Mark Olson.
PROGRAM: Jim Gregory-“Arroyo Grande Civil War Veterans”
Jim Lewis introduced Jim as the retired history teacher from the Arroyo Grande High School and Interact advisor. Jim began by holding up a book he recently authored entitled “Patriot’s Graves” and asking the question: What has the Civil War to do with Arroyo Grande? He answered that by stating that a number of Arroyo Grande residents had been veterans from the Civil War. He then named a number of such veterans including Otis Smith, Bela Clinton Ide, Tom Whiteley, and Thomas Hodges. He started the research for his book by investigating headstones in the local cemeteries. He also used ancestry.com, officers’ reports, letters, diaries, and old newspapers, e.g., the Herald Recorder. A most valuable source was a Civil War veteran's diary. Many children under 18 enlisted in the Civil War. One technique they used to avoid lying is writing 18 on slips of paper and putting it in their shoes, thus they were over 18. Approximately 620,000 northern and southern soldiers died as a result of the Civil War. Many of the veterans that came back had what would be termed today posttraumatic syndrome and nobody wanted to hear their wartime stories. He then gave a relevant slide show accompanied by banjo music of the era.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY OWEN SCHWAEGERLE:
Linda Osty asked us to keep in mind: “Sgt. 1st Class Robert R. Boniface, 34, of San Luis Obispo who died March 19th, in Logar Province, Afghanistan.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Mar 07, 2017
PROGRAM: March 7, 2017: John Lindsay-“Where Did All This Rain Come From?”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:36 PM, with his usual this day in history: Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone on Mar 07, 1876; Janet Guthrie, the first woman to qualify and compete in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, was born on March 7, 1938; and heavyweight champion Joe Frazier beat Muhammad Ali in a 15 round unanimous decision on Monday, March 8, 1971.
Steve Curry reported that 80 golfers are committed for the annual golf tournament and a golf meeting will be held after this meeting; Eric Mund gave an update on his efforts to obtain tee sponsors. Ashlea Boyer reported that today was the first of once a month meetings for a member to draw a number indicating the table at which a member will be seated. This is to better circulate members so they get to know one another better. Scott Astrosky reported that a business tune-up seminar will be held on March 17, 2017 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM at the Avila Lighthouse Suites. Michael Boyer, in his role as Membership Chair, passed out a card explaining Rotary to be given to anyone that you like and those you do not like.
Fine master Jim Lewis fined John Traversaro $70 for his wife Marcia’s birthday and for attending his 70th anniversary from kindergarten. Sandy Lubin was fined $25 for failing to answer a trivia quiz question.
PROGRAM: John Lindsay-“Where Did All This Rain Come From?”
Jim Lewis introduced John who got right down to answering the question. It was caused because the normal west to east jetstream split between a polar jetstream to the north and the Pacific jetstream to the south. The latter is what brought the steadiest rivers of rain that he has experienced in his career. All over the Presidents day weekend winds of 70 miles an hour caused a large number of eucalyptus trees to fall across roads in the area, which had to be cleared before the crews could repair the lines. Every single reporting station in the area has received total rainfall for the season that is substantially above the average for this time year. Rocky Butte received over 100 inches. The reservoirs in the area are increasing dramatically with Lopez reservoir going up to 58% of capacity, and Lake Naciomento to 86% after water was released for flood control. Sierra Nevada snowpack is biggest in 22 years with more snow on the way
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY OWEN SCHWAEGERLE:
“Luck is like a bathhouse basin; empty and full, full and empty.” Turkish Proverb.
Posted by Dick Dannells on Mar 03, 2017
PROGRAM: February 28, 2017: Sommelier & Wine Director, Robin Puricelli -“Wine”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:35 PM, with his usual this day in history: the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped on March 1, 1932; Gone With the Wind opened on February 29, 1940; upon seeing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences trophy for the first time, Academy librarian Margaret Herrick remarked that trophy resembled her Uncle Oscar, but the Academy didn’t adopt the nickname officially until 1939; and Mardi Gras 2017 falls on this Tuesday, February 28.
Steve Curry reported on the annual golf tournament; Linda Osty stated she is working on putting together the goodie bags and raffle prizes and Eric Mund is still looking for tee sponsors. The Rotaract club of San Luis Obispo will hold a fundraiser this Saturday, March 4. Joel Conn, Chairman of the Membership Committee, reported that a steak dinner will be provided to the member that brings in a new member. Steve Curry has donated $1000 to the Paul Harris Fellow. Jeff King reported that in a 3 day period in Bakersfield starting on March 10, a member can obtain all 5 of the PRLS classes.
Fine master Jack Hardy fined Owen Schwaegerle, Mark Olson, and Andrea Lueker for for consistently being late to our Rotary meetings. Terry Fibich received a spin-the-wheel fine of $25 for being disrespectful to our president. Mark Olson, Eric Mund, Jim Lewis, and Linda Osty were fined $10 each for not wearing their Rotary pins. Linda Osty was fined $50 for celebrating her husband Ken’s birthday in Las Vegas and for their new Mercedes RV. Paul Holden was fined $25 for a cell phone infraction. Shannon Bowdey was fined $10 for not knowing something that Jack posted on Facebook. Speaking of Facebook, Shannon reported that we now have over 1000 likes on our Facebook page.
PROGRAM: Sommelier & Wine Director, Robin Puricelli -“Wine”
Robin began by stating what terroir is: it is a particular region’s tradition, climate, soil and terrain that affect the taste of wine. There are two wine producing bands on earth. One is in the northern and the other in the southern hemisphere. Wine vines grow best in poor soil, i.e., volcanic and sandy soil in valleys with prevailing winds off the ocean or sea. She then presented a slide presentation of various vineyards around the world and a chart relating alcoholic content, bitter taste, sweet, fat, acid, and salt and pointed out the various relationships between these characteristics. The aromas of wine can include lemon, lime, grapefruit, peach, pear, mango, guava, pineapple, passion fruit, lychee, jasmine, green pepper, tomato etc., etc. She ended by pointing out that during the past drought years some very fine wines were produced because of the stress placed on the vines. She said there is a question how the recent abundance of rain will affect this year’s crop.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KARI ZIEGLER:
“You’ve got to get up every morning you with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
PROGRAM: January 31, 2017: Marcia Alter-“How to Laugh”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:35 PM, with his usual this day in history: the 13th amendment to the U. S. Constitution to abolish slavery was ratified on January 31, 1865; Patty Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley on February 4, 1974; rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa on February 3, 1959 on. Anya Stanley had Steve Curry, Jim Lewis and Cliff Nagler come forward as sponsors of SLO Womenade, Boy Scouts of America and Big Brother/Big Sister to hand out checks to Sandy Richardson/Marce Lindvall, President and founder; Carlos Cortez, Executive Director; and Anna Boyd- Bucy, Executive Director, respectively as part of our Community Giving program.
Pres. Greg announced that there will be a short board meeting right after this meeting. Jeff King reported that 2 PERLS sessions will be held in Santa Ynez; one session is entitled “Facilitation” and the other “Leading Without Authority” on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Next week, Jeff will be attending PETS (president elect training seminar). Erik Mund reported that only a few tee sponsors have sent in their $100 and it won’t be long before the annual golf tournament is upon us.
Fine master Mark Olson fined Frank Montesinos $50 for his 74th birthday. In the trivial quiz the following were fined $20: Owen Schwaezeree, Cliff Nagler, Mike Frederick, Bonnie Mogan, Andy Park and Karen Zappia.
PROGRAM: Marcia Alter-“How to Laugh”
Jim Lewis introduced Marcia. But before Marcia began her program, a best joke contest was held between 3 participants to give their best jokes: Ashlea Boyer, Owen Schwaezeree, and Steve Curry. Steve one the prize with a joke about the three stranded men on an island and one of them found a magic lantern. After rubbing the lantern, a genie popped out and said each has one wish. The first one wished he were off the island and poof he was off the island. The second one had the same wish and poof he was off the island. The third one wished his friends were back and poof they were. Marcia then proceeded to give her life story that she was a melancholy and reached the lowest point of her life about 10 years ago. She sold her house, got a new job, bought a new house and went to a class on laughter. After that, she became a certified laughter wellness coach and has been holding classes on laughter ever since. She then has run through the paces of simulated laughter. She explained that even if you think something is funny just the mechanics of force laughter will provide benefits to your well-being.
“Laughter is a tranquilizer without side effects so take it regularly.
Posted by Dick Dannells on Jan 24, 2017
PROGRAM: January 24, 2017: Pres. Greg Baker -“Your Financial Health”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:37 PM with his usual this day in history: the Wham-O toy company rolled out the first batch of Frisbees on January 23, 1957; the California gold rush started on January 24, 1848; and a World War II Japanese soldier was discovered hiding out on Guam on January 24, 1972. Anya Stanley had Montisa Phelan Lopez, Linda Osty, Scott Astrosky, and Dick Dannells come forward as sponsors of Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, Welcome Home Military Heroes, The Exploration Station and Meals on Wheel, respectively, while checks were handed out as part of our Community Giving program.
Pres. Greg gave the following member updates: Marina Matthews is doing well and hopes to rejoin the club in February; Katcho Achadjian also will soon be returning to regular meetings; John Murphy is doing well and will join us in February to receive his honorary membership; and John Bernard is also doing well and will be returning soon. Steve Curry reported on the progress of golf committee meeting. Shannon Bowdey urged all of us to go on Facebook to add additional friends to our Rotary Facebook so we can reach our goal 1000 friends before Pres. Greg presidency comes to a conclusion. Shannon Bowdey won the raffle prize of $88.
Fine master Mark Olson recognized Dick Dannells for his 82nd birthday on January 23 and Jeff King’s 45th wedding anniversary with Sally.
PROGRAM: Pres. Greg Baker -“Our Financial Health”
Jim Lewis introduced Pres. Greg who is the only expert he could find with sufficient expertise to lead the program on this subject. Pres. Greg began by stating no matter how young you are if you haven’t retired already, you should begin planning for it now. You want to be able to have sufficient funds to be able to travel, spend more time with your family and friends, do volunteer work and get better acquainted with your grandchildren. Picture your retirement journey by looking out for the potential obstacles such as market volatility, inflation, sufficient liquidity, the withdrawal rate, healthcare and unexpected events. Planning for your retirement is somewhat like mountain climbing; you work hard to get to the top and sometimes the dissent is more difficult than the climb. During your climb up the mountain, make smart trades on the stock market, increase your savings, manage your savings, protect your ability to earn by having adequate healthcare, and have a well thought through estate plan. As you near the top you want to enroll in Medicare and to take out Social Security starting as early as age 62 up to 70. He depicted a pyramid in which covering the essentials form the foundation of the pyramid; then a level of ensuring your lifestyle; next is preparing for the unexpected; and finally at the top of the pyramid is leaving a legacy. There are three important considerations for covering your essentials: important deadlines, income sources and stability. Ensuring your lifestyle means you want to have enough funds beyond the essentials in order for you to live the life you want to live. You should have cash to support you for 3 to 6 months. When you retire you should have at least three years’ worth of money market funds, cash, and easily convertible stocks and bonds to cash without penalty. Your investment portfolio should be well-balanced between bonds, growth stocks, etc. Prepare for the unexpected and protect what you own. In addition to Medicare you should consider having supplemental health insurance. Protect the people around you with life insurance and protect against additional risks by having property and casualty insurance. Consider how to pay for long-term care such as self-funding, family, government and insurance. The top of the pyramid is leaving a legacy for your family, friends, and charity, if you don’t it will go to the government.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KAREN ZAPPIA:
“You are never a loser until you quite trying.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Jan 18, 2017
PROGRAM: January 17, 2017: Kristin Alexander-“Fitness & and Health”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:34 PM, with his usual this day in history: the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified on January 16, 1919; the Volkswagen Beetle arrives in the U.S. on January 17, 1949; and Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer of Our Game and Little Rascals was murdered in Mission Hills, California at the age of 36 on January 21, 1959. Pres. Greg presented Owen Schwaezeree with his blue membership badge. Anya Stanley had Don Weber and Sandy Lubin come forward as sponsors of Coastal Christian and the Clark Center respectively, while checks were handed out as part of our Community Giving program.
Steve Curry stated that his mother passed away on Friday. He also stated that a golf committee meeting will be held immediately after our regular meeting. Connie O’Henley, Eric Mund and Karen Ziegler each gave a brief report on the progress being made on the golf tournament. Michael Boyer reported that 24 RYLA applicants have been submitted of which our club will sponsor 6. He also was also pleased to report that during the past 6 months, he has been working on and was successful in the acquisition of a telephone services company. He also reported that Pismo Beach Rotary Foundation meeting will be held tomorrow January 18 at Linda Osty’s home. Pres. Greg encouraged members to attend the STEPS conference on Saturday January 28 from 9 AM to 3 PM at the Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Shannon Bowdey announced that a Rotary social will be held this Thursday at the Shell Beach Brew House.
Fine master Mark Olson fined Shannon Bowdey for her less than stellar introduction. Michael Boyer received a total of $75 in fines for his 15th club anniversary and advertising his acquisition. Connie O Henley and Greg Baker were fined $25 each for their club anniversaries; her 12th and his 7th clubs. In the trivia quiz, the following were fined $20: Charla Anderson, Bruce Beaudoin, Ashlea Boyer, and Dick Dannells.
PROGRAM: Kristin Alexander-“Fitness & and Health”
Jim Lewis introduced Kristin Alexander, a physical fitness trainer at the Avila Bay Athletic Club and Spa. She began by saying she enjoys scrolling down Facebook to see the before and after photos of people who have lost weight. She then related the following 4 stories: story 1 concerns a 45-year-old man who looked like he was 35 when he came in for training. He had read a book called “Great Younger Year” when he was a successful businessman at the age of 35 and realized his priorities were all mixed up. So he changed his ways, got in the physical fitness and now is in the best shape of his life. Story 2: a female client came in who was just out of physical therapy after knee surgery. She too looked much younger than her 83 years and said that fitness had been a part of her whole life. Story 3: when she was running a studio in Pismo a woman came in with her sister Lisa who looked very uncomfortable. Her sister said that she wanted to get in shape and wanted to start with the fitness video called “Insanity”. Lisa made it through the entire video and then continued taking classes until she had dropped 4 to 5 clothing sizes. Story 4: Kristin didn’t think much about physical fitness until she was 30 years old and went to a gym. She felt so good after workouts that she became an instructor and passed a number of physical fitness certifications. At 40 she developed breast cancer, but with chemotherapy and many surgeries she recovered rapidly, and opened her own gymnasium. Kristin is now 47 and never felt better in her life
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KAREN ZAPPIA:
“Get out and go work out.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Jan 10, 2017
PROGRAM: January 10, 2017: Kristin Huebner-“Why You Want To Vacation In The Five Cities”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:34 PM, with his usual this day in history: Dwight Clark caught the winning touchdown pass thrown by quarterback Joe Montana in the NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys on January 10, 1982; Apple’s Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone on January 9, 2007; and Joe Namath led his New York Jets against the Baltimore Colts to win the Super Bowl on January 12, 1969.
Anya Stanley had Harlan Silva and John Traversaro come forward as sponsors of Saint Pat’s Outreach and Paws for a Cause while checks were handed out to Katie Hilton and Gil Igleheart, respectively as part of our Community Giving program.
Steve Curry announced that the Grover Beach Rotary Club is having a Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday, February 18 at the Pismo Beach Bowl to raise money for PolioPlus. He also stated that next week immediately after regular meeting, a golf committee meeting will be held to prepare for the May 1 tournament to provide for $2500 scholarships for deserving students. Pres. Greg stated that a board meeting will be held at the Arroyo Grande Hospital this coming Thursday coordinated by Jeff King. Ashlea Boyer announced a STEPS conference will be held at the California Lutheran Church on January 28 from 9 AM to 3 PM on the subject of human trafficking. She is driving down and asked those interested to let her know if you would like to go with her.
Fine master Mark Olson recognized Harlan Silva’s 61st birthday on January 9 without a fine. Lee Ann Liscombe’s January 11 birthday was recognized with a $50 fine In the trivia quiz the following were fined $20: Mike Kee, Sandy Lubin, Dick Dannells, Bonnie Mogan, and Joel Conn.
PROGRAM: Kristin Huebner-“Why You Want To Vacation In The Five Cities”
Jim Lewis introduced Kristin who is the Tourism Coordinator for the Pismo Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau. She was born in San Luis Obispo and graduated from Cal Poly in 2012. After a stint at Mine Body, she was hired into her present position 1½ years ago. She began her Power Point presentation that showed all of the free fun activities in the area such as hiking, walking, running on the beach, the pier, the Monarch Butterfly Grove, the Wilmar stairs, Montana de Oro, Bishop Peak, Oso Flaco, Pismo Preserve, Pismo Promenade, Bob Jones trail, and Edna Valley. There is also biking, mountain biking, surfing and body surfing. Non-free activities include kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and the city recreation camp clinic that includes dancing, judo, karate, tai chi, pickle ball, tennis, yoga, zamba and bouldering (indoor rock climbing). If you wish to contact her, call 773-7034.
Posted by Dick Dannells on Jan 06, 2017
PROGRAM: January 3, 2017: David Lohman-“Tips for a Longer Healthier Life”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:37 PM, with his usual this day in history: Alaska was admitted as the 49th state of the union on January 3, 1959; President Roosevelt founded the March of Dimes on January 3, 1938; and Nancy Corrigan got her knees smashed on January 6, 1964.
Pres. Greg auctioned off the fine free badge to Harlan Silva for $40. Jim Lewis reviewed the upcoming programs for the rest of the year. Terry Fibich, in Anya Stanley’s absence, stated that the Community Giving donations will be handed out in the coming weeks. Paul Holden announced that Pres. Greg was the winner of the Paul Harris Fellow raffle.
Fine master Mark Olson fined Deenie Dotson a total of $40 for her 33rd wedding anniversary and for making a rude comment. Harlan Silva’s 61st birthday on January 9 resulted in a $41 fine. Sandy Lubin’s 50th wedding anniversary with Cindi cost him $1 for each year of marriage. Joel Conn’s was fined $60 for making San Luis Obispo Tribune’s top ‘10-under-40’ list plus opening a new clinic in Santa Maria. Jeff King was fined for his new BMW X5. In the Trivial Pursuit quiz the following were fined $20: Jim Lewis, Scott Astrosky, Deenie Dotson, Shannon Bowdey, Pres. Greg, Ashley Boyer (which she accepted for her son Jack who failed the quiz question) and Sharon Ellis. Mary Ann Reiss was recognized for joining our club on January 1, 2009 without a fine
PROGRAM: David Lohman-“Tips for a Longer Healthier Life”
Karen Zappia introduced our speaker who has been a practicing chiropractor in Santa Maria for 30 years. He began by relating a story of his asthmatic patient who he gave regular spinal adjustments to help her breathing. One day she came to his office at the age of 78 after suffering a severe beating by the invalid daughter for which she had been carrying after being off her medicine. She told him she could hardly move and she was prepared to go home and die. He asked her to stand on one leg and move the foot on her other leg. He said if you can do that you can continue at home working on returning your movement and all of your limbs. Next thing he knew she was 87, had joined a fitness center and had a whole new lease on life. Yes, it is possible to live to be 100 with the following ifs: eat a proper diet; exercise, i.e. aerobic, lifting weights and stretching; get sufficient sleep; drink water; and get out in the fresh air as often as possible. He also recommends seeing a chiropractor to make sure your spine is adjusted properly. Finally, his word of advice is to believe in something bigger than yourself. He cited Rotary as an example that something that is bigger than yourself.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KAREN ZAPPIA:
"A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided." - Tony Robbins.
Posted by Dick Dannells on Dec 20, 2016
PROGRAM: December 20, 2016: Mike Kee and Jack Hardy-“Christmas Music”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:35 PM, with on this day in history: Elvis Presley was drafted on Dec 20, 1957; George Patton died peacefully on December 21, 1945; Tim Berners Lee created the World Wide Web in December 1990; and it’s the 70th anniversary of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, released to theaters on December 19, 1946.
Pres. Greg handed a Christmas bonus to Taylor on McClintock’s wait staff. He also announced that we will be dark next week to the Tuesday after Christmas. He congratulated Linda Osty for the wonderful organization of the annual Christmas movie. Linda thanked everyone who helped make this year’s movie such a success. Terry Fibich thanked those that helped on the highway cleanup last week that included, but not limited to Paul Holden, Michael Frederick and Greg Baker.
Fine master Jim Lewis did not fine Erik Mund for his wife’s birthday as he was the winner of the fine-free badge earlier this month Terry Fibich was a no-show after signing up to work at the Christmas movie fundraiser and had the misfortune of receiving a spin-the-wheel fine of $5 times the 23 years he’s been in Rotary, i.e. $115. Owen Schwaezeree failed to show up as a secret greeter last week and it cost him $10. The following $20 losers in the trivia quiz included Connie O’Henley, Sandy Lubin, Cliff Nagler, Karen Zappia, and Mike Kee.
PROGRAM: Mike Kee and Jack Hardy-“Christmas Music”
Mike and Jack performed a number of Christmas songs that included: Oak Ridge Boys’ “Thank God For Kids”; “Folsom Christmas Blues” written by Mike Kee with help from Johnny Cash; Mark Lowry’s “Mary, Did You Know?”; “It Wasn't His Child”; “Felice Navidad” led by Frank Montesinos; and “Silent Night.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Dec 08, 2016
PROGRAM: December 6, 2016: Cathy Orton-“Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of San Luis Obispo County”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:38 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941; John Lennon was killed on December 8, 1980; and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer performed in public on the December 6, 1949.
Steve Curry reported that the assembly of the Pismo Preserve benches will be postponed until after the first of the year. He also reminded everyone our annual golf tournament will be on May 1, 2017 and to start signing up sponsors. Paul Holden circulated a sign-up raffle sheet to win a Paul Harris Fellow at $50 each. Jim Lewis handed out forms to enable Pismo Beach City Council to prioritize among the 10 current city goals that we would like to see accomplished within next two years. Anya Stanley is tabulating the Community Giving votes and will have the results next week. Linda Osty along with Jim Lewis wearing his Santa hat reminded everybody of the Saturday, December 17 performance of “Going My Way.” Deenie Dotson urged everyone to come to the Christmas party tomorrow from 6 to 9 PM. Pres. Terry Fibich requested volunteers for the highway cleanup starting at 7:30 AM at Coco’s this Saturday, December 10. There will be a Rotary board meeting at the Arroyo Grande Hospital this Thursday, December 8. Mike Frederick did the honors to induct Owen Schwaezeree, who at 23 is our youngest and first Rotaract member to ever join our club. He is a banker during the day and and a baker at night with his chocolate chip cookie business.
Pres. Greg auctioned off the fine-free badge to Eric Mund for $50. Fine master Jim Lewis fined Pres. Greg $10 for not starting the bidding before Jim began fining. Terry Fibich was fined $20 for his club anniversary, another $20 for not remembering his club anniversary, and still another $20 for his birthday. Anya Stanley was fined $10 for a phone infraction. Owen Schwaezeree was fined $5 for not showing up on time to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Michael Boyer agreed to pay the fine. The following members were fined $25 for not answering trivial pursuit questions: Dick Dannells, Anya Stanley, Jeff King and Lee Ann Liscombe.
PROGRAM: Cathy Orton-“Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of San Luis Obispo County”
Cathy began by thanking us for being so generous last year in providing holiday gifts for the children and she still has a few tags for either a toy for a younger child or a gift card for one who is older.. December 14 is a deadline for turning in the gifts. CASA takes the best interests of abused and neglected children that have become wards of the court. CASA’s mission is to recruit, train and supervise volunteers who give up their time to advocate for these vulnerable children. CASA’s goal is to ensure that every child is able grows up in a safe, nurturing, and permanent home. 70% of California’s prisoners come from foster care homes, but children from CASA for the most part do not wind up in prison. This is because foster care children outside of CASA are only seen by a social worker once a month whereas each CASA volunteer focuses on one child. Terry Fibich spoke on his experience in CASA after he went in training to be a mentor because of the involvement of his wife Linda in the program. If you would like to become a mentor in the program, there’s 30 hours of on-line training and 15 hours in person.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KARI ZIEGLER:
“Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Nov 29, 2016
PROGRAM: November 29 2016: Bruce Beaudoin, Kathy Glenn and Pres. Greg Baker -“Fiduciary Responsibilities and Financial Planning”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:37 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: Jeopardy! Contestant Ken Jennings’record winning streak ended on November 30, 2004; the Grand Old Opry’s first broadcast took place on November 28, 1925; and Michael Jackson’s album Thriller was released on November 30, 1982.
Anya Stanley reminded everybody that the last day for submitting their paper Community Giving paper ballots is today and their on-line ballots on Friday, December 2. Michael Frederick and Bruce Beaudoin volunteered to help Linda Osty during the Saturday, December 17 performance of “Going My Way.” Sharon Ellis reminded everyone that the Christmas party is on Tuesday, December 6 from 6 to 9 PM. Pres. Greg encouraged us to invite potential members to the party as our guests. Karen Zambia reported that a CASA representative will be the speaker for our next week’s meeting on December 6.
Pres. Greg. fined Bruce Beaudoin $30 for mispronouncing a guest’s name. Mike Frederick was given a $15 spin-the-wheel fine for his 16th club anniversary on November 28.
PROGRAM: Bruce Beaudoin, Kathy Glenn and Pres. Greg Baker -“Fiduciary Responsibilities and Financial Planning”
Bruce Beaudoin served as MC and began by stating that Roger Frederickson was ill so Bruce went through the slide presentation that Roger provided on the subject of estate planning. Kathy Glenn, one of 600 licensed and bonded fiduciaries in California, explained that her clients may suffer from brain injury, substance abuse or other incapacities that prevent them from being able to handle their financial affairs. She is their advocate as well as for their estate. She administers the estate and assures that the terms of the trust are followed. She reviews the trust periodically while her client is alive and ensures that the trust is funded. She notifies her client’s attorney if an amendment is to be made to the trust or a codicil is to be added to the will. She recommends that a percentage of the trust fund is designated to be distributed rather than a specific amount in case the trust funds upon death are not sufficient. Her duty is to constantly beware of predators to the trust such as those that would use elder abuse or psychological pressure to make unwanted changes to the trust or will. Her responsibility is to oversee the entire asset management of her clients. She ensures that her client’s burial wishes are fulfilled, that the assets are distributed in accordance with the trust and that a final accounting is made. Pres. Greg began the financial portion of the program by displaying a typical investment portfolio triangle in which the apex represents after tax income going into a tax-free fund so that funds can be removed tax-free; the bottom left portion of the triangle represents an after tax income fund that can be removed without paying additional taxes; and the bottom right represents a tax-deferred income fund such as an IRA that is taxed when you withdraw it from your portfolio. You can donate money from your tax-deferred income fund directly to a charity without any tax liability. You can also donate greatly appreciated stock to a charity and deduct the inflated value on your income tax return without having to pay capital gains.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KAREN ZAPPIA:
“It's not what you are that holds you back; it's what you think you are
not.”― Denis Waitley”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Nov 22, 2016
PROGRAM: November 22, 2016: Rotarian Volunteers-“What We Are Thankful For”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:36 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: Thomas Edison, an inventor of over 1000 U. S. Patents, invented the phonograph on November 21, 1887; Pres. Kennedy was assassinated on this day November 22, 1963; and “Rocky” was released in the U. S. on November 21, 1976.
Linda Osty reminded everyone of the Saturday, December 17 performance of “Going My Way” starting at 11 AM and to bring either an unwrapped toy or a nonperishable food item. Pres. Greg , in a place of Anya Stanley who is ill, reminded us to vote on-line for our favorite charities before December 2. He also stood in for Sharon Ellis to make sure we send in our RSVP today for attending the Christmas party on December 6. Next week’s meeting on November 29 will be emceed by Bruce Beaudoin with discussions by Roger Erickson on estate planning, by Kathy Glenn on the duties of a fiduciary and by Pres. Greg on financial planning. Connie O Henley announced that the Arroyo Grande Interact Club will be serving turkey dinners at the Pismo Beach Veterans Hall tomorrow the 23rd.
Fine Master Mark Olson fined Shannon Bowdey $25 for her 8th wedding anniversary with Bradley. The $20 losers in the trivial pursuit quiz contest were Cliff Nagler, Roger Frederickson, Joel Conn, Connie O Henley, and Don Weber.
PROGRAM: Rotarian volunteers-“What We Are Thankful For”
Don Weber began began as the first volunteer to give what he was thankful, which is his participation in Rotary. He then reviewed the history of the very first thanksgiving in 1621 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Linda Osty is thankful for what she has been able to achieve after having a very rough life growing up and for her 36 years of never better life with Ken. Jack Hardy is most thankful for his father JD Hardy who died 11 years ago. His most memorable recollection is when a tattooed man came up to him at his father’s funeral. Jack asked the man how he happened to know his father. The man proceeded to tell Jack that when he was in jail he was listening to his father’s Sunday broadcast and he heard him say that if you need any help please call me. JD went to see that man and after that he completely changed his life around. Dick Dannells is thankful for Rotary and his friendship with Steve Curry who sponsored him for membership in the Oceano Elks Lodge, where he met his wife Rae Alee. Mike Frederick is thankful for his family. Cliff Nagler proposed a toast: all family are friends and all friends are family. Proposed member Owen Schwaezeree is thankful for recently being hired by Robobank after his graduation from Cal Poly this past June. Jeff King read Pres. George Washington’s proclamation of Thanksgiving designating November 26, 1789 as a national day of thanksgiving to recognize the role of providence in creating the new United States. Frank Montesinos is thankful for being sent as a priest from Spain to Texas in 1968 and his decision to remain in the United States in 1972, to enroll in University of Texas, and to become a successful architect. Pres. Greg is thankful for his wife, his children, his 13 grandchildren and his step dad, who adopted Greg. His mother divorced his father who left and was never seen again. He remembers his step dad, who had one drink too many, saying that if God would show up he would stop drinking. Well God must’ve shown up because his stepdad didn’t touch a drop for the rest of his life.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY ROGER FREDERICKSON:
“Give thanks for all the opportunities that even our struggles bring.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Nov 15, 2016
PROGRAM: November 15, 2016: Paul Holden-“Rotary international Foundation”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:36 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: Pres. Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg address on November 19, 1863; Rick Barry made 63 free throws while playing for the Oakland Oaks on November 16, 1968.
Steve Curry circulated a thank you note from a student the Uganda school that we support. Linda Osty urged everybody to attend the Saturday, December 17 performance of “Going My Way” starting at 11 AM and to bring either an unwrapped toy or a nonperishable food item. Joel Conn reported that a parklet windup meeting will be held at the Comfort Market at 4:30 PM. Joel thanked all those who worked on the Stop Hunger Now event and stated that we will soon be notified where the 10,000 meals that were packaged will be shipped. Finally, he urged everyone to bring a potential new member as a guest of the club at next week’s meeting. Deenie Dotson reminded us of the annual Christmas party on December 6 between 6 and 9 PM at the Edwards Barn in Nipomo. Anya Stanley announced that we can vote on-line for the following Community Giving Program charities from November 19 to December 2: San Luis Obispo Womanade;Welcome Home Military Heroes, South County Family Education and Cultural Center; Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County; Five Cities Meals On Wheels; Clark Center Association; St. Patrick’s Outreach; Coastal Christian School; Boy Scouts of America Los Padres Council; Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Foundation; and Paws for a Cause-K9’s for Veterans. Pres. Greg thanked Ashley Boyer for organizing Dana Adobe vocational tour last week. He also announced members will be asked to share what they are thankful for at next week’s meeting.
Fine Master Jim Lewis fined Sandy Lubin $25 for his birthday in Hawaii. Andrea Lueker was fined $26 for her 26th wedding anniversary with Richard. Frank Montesinos was congratulated for his 37th wedding anniversary with Ira. Terry Fibich’s phone infraction cost him only $10 after a 50% veteran’s deduction. Joel Conn’s advertising on the partlet in front of his clinic cost him $25. Jack Hardy was charged $10 for being disrespectful.
PROGRAM: Paul Holden-“Rotary international Foundation”
Paul presented a Power Point presentation setting forth what the Rotary Foundation accomplishes in the world: building peace especially were children are affected; fighting disease such as eradicating polio, AIDS and malaria; providing clean water; supporting mothers and children; promoting education; and growing local economies. 90% of all donations to the Foundation go directly to charities across the world, with 50% of the grants going to projects in the local districts and 50% going to the world fund. A $100 gift will provide 10 malaria tent nets and $1000 will buy 5 wheelchairs. There are many ways to give to the Foundation: make a $1000 donation, join a Rotary team at $250 per year for 4 years; buy a $50 raffle ticket: place cash in one of the cans that Paul provides; or go on-line at https://www.rotary.org. Paul called upon Dick Dannells and his wife Rae Alee Breen to come forward to accept a crystal, necklace and a pin for their contributions as major donors. He invited all those who have given $1000 to Rotary this year to come to a banquet to be announced at Steve Curry’s ranch.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY ROGER FREDERICKSON:
“In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” The Beatles
Posted by Dick Dannells on Nov 03, 2016
PROGRAM: November 1, 2016: Cliff Nagler-“the Pismo Beach-5 Cities Rotary Charitable Foundation”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:33 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: Howard Hughes’ spruce goose, after picking up speed on the Long Beach channel facing Cabrillo Beach, lifted off the water and flew for about a mile on November 2, 1947; Boston Red Sox won the World Series by beating Chicago Cubs in October, 1918.
Linda Osty reminded everybody to attend the Saturday, December 17 performance of “Going My Way” and to bring either a unwrapped toy or a nonperishable food item. Jeff King reported that a brief Pinot for Polio meeting will be held after this meeting. Ashlea Boyer announced that the next meeting on November 8 will be a vocational visit to the historic building, Dana Adobe, on 671 S Oakglen Ave, Nipomo. Anya Stanley reported that we have just 10 days to hand in applications for the Community Giving Program. Steve Curry said that the assembly and installation of one park bench will take place in December at the Pismo Preserve. Deenie Dotson announced that the annual Christmas party is on December 6 between 6 and 9 PM at the Edwards Barn in Nipomo. Pres. Greg reported that we received a thank you note for our donations to Paws For a Cause.
Fine Master Jim Lewis fined Pres. Greg $25 for not auctioning off the fine-free badge on a timely basis, and subsequently Pres. Greg auctioned off to Scott Astrosky for $50. Scott was about to be fined for wearing a scary clown costume at the Arroyo Grande Halloween party. Mark Olson’s November 3 birthday cost him $39, $1 for each year of his life. Erik Mund was welcomed back from the sickbed without a fine. Jeff King’s stylish clothes cost him a $20 fine. Paul Holden was assessed $10 for not knowing there are 46 clubs in our District that have formed $26.50 clubs. Steve Curry and John Traversaro were each fined $25 for failing to introduce the guests at their table.
PROGRAM: Cliff Nagler-“the Pismo Beach-5 Cities Rotary Charitable Foundation”
Michael Boyer introduced Cliff, a member of the foundation Board of Trustees, who made a beta PowerPoint presentation to be used in future activities to increase the Foundation capital investment fund. The long-term strategy and goal of the Foundation is to increase the current fund from $150,000 to $250,000. This will enable the Foundation to support community projects and local youth through scholarships from the fund income. The total charitable giving from 2000, when the Foundation was founded, to date is $232,179. $25,000 was given this past fiscal year to scholarship and four-way essay contest winners, the reading program, Boys & Girls club, etc. The annual golf classic at the San Luis Obispo country club is the only fundraiser for the Foundation and has brought in $150,000 since its inception in 2003. The total income from the golf tournament from 2009-2010 was $23,000 compared with $46,000 this past year. Cliff pointed out that the tournament for this fiscal year is on May 1, 2017. In addition to the tournament, the Foundation is looking for cash donations, bequests, members becoming a Pismo Fellow at $1000 and naming the Foundation as a beneficiary in your life insurance policy.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY RICHARD BACCIGALUPPI:
“Attitude is the paintbrush of life.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Oct 19, 2016
PROGRAM: October 18, 2016: Melissa James -“the Regional Economy”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:32 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake occurred in Northern California on Oct. 17, 1989 at 5:04PM; Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown bringing the American Revolution to a close on Oct. 19, 1791; and Reggie Jackson hit 3 home runs in a row off of three consecutive pitches from three different pitchers on Oct. 18, 1977.
Pres. Greg Baker presented a banner our club received along with 47 out of 72 other clubs at last Saturday’s District 5240 Conference and Gala in Westlake Village honoring the 100 % contributions of our members to PolioPlus this year. Scott Astrosky asked us to buy tickets to support the Grover Beach Exploration Station at the Chemistry of Cocktails Fundraiser on November 6. Deenie Dotson announced our annual Christmas party will held on Tuesday December 6. Linda Osty reported that the annual Christmas movie “Going My Way” will be held on December 16; and presented Mike Kee with a certificate for his past service as a director of the Rotary Foundation. Joel Conn stated we are just $500 short of the $3000 Stop Hunger Now goal and requested we respond to his most recent email and to volunteer to set up at 2 PM and pack 10,000 meals at 3-5PM during the Pismo Beach Clam Festival this Saturday, October 22. At a recent meeting of the past Rotary presidents, Scott Astrosky was nominated as the president elect-elect for 2018-19 and he was then elected by unanimous consent of the members. Terry Fibich reported that a fundraiser at Rooster Creek restaurant in Arroyo Grande will be having a benefit for the Arroyo Grande hospital from 5 to 9 PM this evening. Steve Curry announced the first meeting for the annual golf tournament will be held next Tuesday. Anya Stanley is the Chairperson of the Community Giving Committee that includes Sandy Lubin, Don Weber, Sharon Ellis, Terry Fibich, and Scott Astrosky. Anya reported that the Committee’s proposal to change the program, based on the overwhelming majority of the respondents to a recent survey, was adopted by the Rotary board. The major changes will be that 15 recipients will be awarded $15,000 based on-line voting supplemented by paper ballots. If applications are received for more than 15 recipients, the awards go to those that get the highest amount of money voted per the members. She stated that the date to send out invitations and Community Giving application forms is 10-21; the last date to receive applications is11-11; the date to start voting is 11-18; the last day to vote is12-2; the date to disclose results and allocation of funds is 1-3-17; and the date to distribute funds is between 1-10-17 and 1-31-17.
PROGRAM: Melissa James -“the Regional Economy”
Melissa is the Director of Economic Development for the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC), a private agency, which is the only county organization focused on how to grow the local economy. EVC divided the county into 6 industrial clusters that include (1) building, designs and construction (over 8600 employees, an average annual salary of 53,000; (2) knowledge and innovation (over 7200, over $57,000); (3) health services (over 14,000, over $54,000); specialized manufacturing (over 3600 and, $54,000); (5) uniquely SLO County-agriculture, wineries, and hotels and the like (over 21,000, over $23,000); and energy (2431, $134,354). She presented SLO’s key economic indicators that included: $13.7 billion 2015 gross regional product ; 4.6% employment rate in August 2016; 95,200 private sector jobs in the third quarter 2015; 286 new business registrations in the fourth quarter 2013; $1.5 billion taxable sales in the fourth quarter 2014; and $39,800 average annual wage in the third 2015.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KARI ZIEGLER:
“Don’t wait; the time will never be just right.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Oct 05, 2016
PROGRAM October 4, 2016: Dick Mellinger and Gil Igleheart - “Paws For a Cause”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:35 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I on October 4, 1957; Barry Bonds hit his 73rd home run in one season on October 7, 2001; and Bobby Darin’s "Mack the Knife" hit number 1 and stayed there for 9 weeks.
Pres. Greg Baker presented Jeff King with the Paul Harris Service Fellow pin and certificate that was given out by District Gov. Nick Frankle during his visit last week. Steve Curry reported that a total of $4500, including a contribution from the Village Café, has been raised for Valance Lutaisire’s Uganda causes. Steve was also presented a gift card from Pres. Greg Baker for the great job Steve and Linda did at the Governor’s barbecue. Anya Stanley reported that the Community Giving committee will meet after our regular meeting next week. She also requested we fill out the email survey on any changes we like to see in this program. Scott Astrosky announced that the Grover Beach Exploration Station is having the first Chemistry of Cocktails Fundraiser on November 6. Pres. Greg encouraged those that can’t make the whole weekend to come on down to the October 15th banquet festivities to celebrate 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation at the Hyatt in Westlake Village. Joel Conn reported that he raised $700 a very short time to support Stop Hunger Now and encouraged us to use our emails to elicit support for this worthwhile cause, which we will be packing food bags on Saturday, October 22 during the Pismo Beach Clam Festival.
Pres. Greg auctioned off the fine-free badge to Tommy Thompson for $60 so that Tommy would avoid a fine on his 64th birthday coming up October 28. Fine Master Jack Hardy fined Kari Ziegler $50 for two weeks of Rotary absences and her first year club anniversary. Bruce Beaudoin’s 19 years with our club cost him $50. Karen Zappia and Erik Mund were fined $40 and $50, respectively for mispronouncing the names of guests. Steve Curry’s failure to give the correct attribution to the Branch Street Deli cost him $25. Scott Astrosky received a 25 spin-the-wheel fine for calling one of the tables of prominent members the Junior varsity squad.
Program: Dick Mellinger and Gil Igleheart - “Paws For a Cause”
Dick Mellinger and Gil Igleheart of Rotary Club of Cayucos are cofounders of Paws for a Cause that provides service and companion dogs to veterans at no cost to the veteran. Jack Gould is the founder of New Life K9s, which trains dogs to assist combat veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD). He got into this nonprofit organization because he was very concerned that 8000 veterans with PTSD commit suicide every year. New Life K9s’ Training Director Nicole Hern and trainer Rosa Mendoza introduced us to Carmel, a labradoodle in training, and Hercules, a well-trained golden retriever. They then proceeded to run the dogs through their paces to exhibit the type of qualities necessary to help these veterans. Rosa had Carmel shake her hand with each paw, turn one way and then the other, turn on a light switch with and without a toggle extension, and open a makeshift refrigerator to get a bottle of water. Hercules was signaled to leave Nicole and return with Rosa, remained perfectly stationary in front of Nicole so that Hercules could be used as a brace for a fallen veteran; and unzip Nicole’s jacket. CMC lifers are used to train the dogs because the environment allows for 24 seven experiences as opposed to one or two hours a day when the dogs are trained on the outside.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KAREN ZAPPIA:
“It’s not how big the house is, it is how happy the home is.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Oct 12, 2016
PROGRAM October 11, 2016: Ron De Carli, Executive Director SLO Council of Governments-“Self Help County Sales Tax Proposal”
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:36 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: the Cuban Missile Crisis began on Oct. 14, 1957; Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas on Oct. 14, 1492; Curt Schilling won Game 6 of the 2004 American League on Oct. 19, 2004; and the Everly Brothers’ “Wake Up Little Susie," reached the top spot on Oct. 14, 1957.
Pres. Greg Baker cut the ribbon to symbolize that our club is now a member of the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce. SLO Rotaract treasurer Austin Kurner thanked us for our past support and asked us to again support their annual Coats for Kids Drive that collects, at drop off points throughout the County, new and used children’s coats and jackets for those in need. Anya Stanley reported that the Community Giving committee will meet after our meeting today. Pres. Greg asked us to at least come on down to the October 15th banquet festivities at the Hyatt in Westlake Village. Joel Conn is sending out another email on Stop Hunger Now requesting funding and announced we will pack 10,000 meals on Saturday, October 22 during the Pismo Beach Clam Festival. Michael Boyer has announced his candidacy to become the Dist. Gov. for the 2019-20 year along with 5 other candidates. Ashlea Boyer announced that there will be a board meeting this Thursday at the Arroyo Grande hospital. The next Rotary annual convention will be in Atlanta Georgia on June 9 through the 13th.
Fine Master Jack Hardy fined himself $25 for not introducing one of the guests at his table. He then fined Charla Anderson $26 for her October 6 wedding anniversary with J. T. Jim Lewis was fined $15 for talking out of turn. Erik Mund was fined $25 for his 13th wedding anniversary with Lindsey. Karen Zappia and Mike Frederick were fined $10 each for not wearing their Rotary pins. Pres. Greg Baker, John Traversaro and Peter Candela were fined $35, $25 and $25, respectively for not wearing their membership badges.
Program: Ron De Carli, Executive Director SLO Council of Governments-“Self Help County Sales Tax Proposal”
Ron started by stating that traffic congestion is going up while gas consumption is going down. This results in less revenue based on the gas tax coming into the treasury. Gas tax revenue 2013-16: 2013: 21 cents/gallon; 2014: 18 cents/gallon; 2015: 12 cents/gallon and 2016: 9.8 cents/gallon of gasoline purchased. It costs $4/yard² for sealing; $25/yd.² for overlaying; $30/ yd.² for filling; and $87/yd.² for reconstructing the roads. Funding is deteriorating; Sacramento has further cut funds for transportation despite the lobbying efforts by cities and counties throughout the state; and there’s an increasing shift to grant funding requiring matching funds. For these and other reasons, major J Self-Help Local Transportation Investment Plan is on the ballot for this November 8 election. It proposes a 1/2 cent sales tax for transportation to fix potholes, repave local streets, relieve traffic congestion; improve street highway and bridge safety; make bike and transit improvements within and between communities, increase senior veterans disabled and student transit; and provide safe routes to school. Ron then passed out a brochure that explains this in greater detail. 25% of the money from this proposal will go to South 101: 17.5 million will go to relieve route 227 congestion. The following safeguards are in place: (1) a nine-year sunset date; (2) protected from state raids; (3) annual in-depth audit and report; and (4) funds not to replace fair share contribution from new development; (5) a 1% administrative expense; and (6) an independent taxpayer oversight committee.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KAREN ZAPPIA: he
“It’s not who you think you are that holds you back; it’s who you think you’re not.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Sep 21, 2016
PROGRAM September 20, 2016: District Gov. Nick Frankle- “What It Means to be a Rotarian”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:36 PM, with his on ‘this date in history’: Billie Jean King faced off against and beat Bobby Riggs in 1973; Buddy Holly’s "That'll Be the Day" became a top hit in 1957; Sandra Day O’Connor took her seat as the first female Justice of the Supreme Court in 1981.
Lee Ann Liscombe needs a few volunteers for the pie eating contest at the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival this coming Saturday. Terry Fibich requested volunteers for this Saturday's highway cleanup starting at 7:30 AM with free breakfast at Coco’s and will be done by 10 so it will not interfere with the pie eating contest. Connie O Henley announced that this week is the AG High School Interact Club’s first meeting. Pres. Greg announced that he hopes that our club will have strong representation at the Rotary District Conference and 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation on the weekend of October 14 through the 16th at the Hyatt in Westlake Village. Karen Zappia reminded everyone to bring jackets and chairs for the Dist. Gov. barbecue at Steve and Linda Curry’s ranch starting at 5:30 PM. District Gov. Frankle had the honors of awarding a Paul Harris Fellow to Sharron Durrant and stated that the donation that led to this award is part of the $3 billion donated to the Rotary Foundation over the past 100 years. He also had the honor of presenting District pins to Erik Mund, Jeff King and Steve Curry for the great work they been doing with our club.
Fine Master Jack Hardy fined Shannon Bowdey $5 for her wedding anniversary with Bradley. Karen Zappia and Mark Olson were fined $25 each for not wearing their Rotary pins. Lee Ann Liscombe’s three-year club anniversary cost her $50. He welcomed Jim Lewis back to the club after surgery but did not levy a fine on him.
District Gov. Nick Frankle- “What It Means to be a Rotarian”
Pres. Greg introduced Nick who joined the Westlake Village Sunrise Rotary Club in 2002 and rose to be its president in 2006. He is spent his entire business life in the field of computer science primarily working on government contracts by starting out out doing programming for NASA. He began by telling a true story of the first time he went to Honduras to meet a woman that Rotary had adopted to make her life economically self-sufficient. She told him that God sent me Rotary and you Rotarians are God’s angels. He stated that Rotary Foundation makes the difference in the lives of people we never meet. That reminded him of his father’s motto: Doing God’s work. Nick had not been in Rotary until 2002 when he joined at his wife’s insistence. He then got so involved in Rotary that his daughter came to him and said, “Let me know when you are not on Rotary business so my fiancée and I can set a date to get married.” Before becoming president of his club, he was a Meals on Wheels volunteer. One of his deliveries was to a wife whose husband was on a ventilator. She took him to her garden and showed him her beautiful trees and flowers that she was so proud of and picked an orange gave it to them. At that moment he realized that you become a Rotarian the day you make a difference in someone’s life. There are only three things that it takes to do good in the world and that is: time, talent and treasure. In that first visit to Honduras people walked around with their heads down but four years later on a visit he noted that they had new wells, everyone had Eco stoves that directed the smoke out, there were books in the schools and they had a medical clinic.
Posted by Dick Dannells on Sep 14, 2016
PROGRAM September 13, 2016: Past Pres. and Membership Chair Joel Conn - “Club Membership”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:35 PM, by announcing that today is National Suck on a Pickle Day and continued with on this date in history: Francis Scott Key took pen in hand and wrote the Star-Spangled Banner in 1814; and Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McLain won his 30th game of the season to become the first since 1938 to win 30 games in 1968. He gave a check to our waiter, who is leaving for Florida, for the past year. He also thanked those who helped out at the AmpSurf barbecue at the Pismo pier last Saturday and those who worked on the parklet last Monday.
Pres. Greg announced that September 20 the District Gov. will be here to attend a regular meeting and then will be our guest at our annual Steve Curry ranch barbecue starting at 5:30 p.m. A sign-up sheet is being circulated. Volunteers are requested for the Saturday the 24th Pie eating contest at the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival from 1 to 3 or 4 PM. He also encouraged us to sign up for the Rotary District Conference on the weekend of October 14 through the 16th at the Hyatt in Westlake Village. Every member will be charged $26.50 to the Polio Plus campaign if you have not already donated at least that much since July 1. This amount equals the first contribution made to the Rotary Foundation 100 years ago. Terry Fibich changed the highway cleanup to September 24 starting at 7:30 AM with free breakfast at Coco’s.
Fine Master Jack Hardy fined all members $10 for not wearing Rotary pins including Roger Frederickson, Mike Kee, Mark Olson, Lee Ann Liscombe, Karen Zappia. Scott Astrosky donated $26.5 Happy Bucks for winning last week’s raffle. Michael Boyer and Ashley Boyer received $50 and a $35 spin the wheel fine, respectively to celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary. Joel and Sarah Conn celebrated their sixth year wedding anniversary without a fine since she has the fine-free badge. Mike and Jeannie Frederick celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary and were fined a total of $80 to include recognition for his trip to Scotland. Sgt. of Arms Jack Hardy stated that from this day forward if you don’t answer his calls regarding assisting him at a meeting you will be heavily fined. Jack also mentioned that he opened at the Pozo concert last weekend.
Past Pres. and Membership Chair Joel Conn - “Club Membership”
Joel began by fining Tommy Thompson for brown nosing. He began his presentation by showing a RI Foundation filmstrip that included the fact the Foundation serves 147 countries and provides people around the world with water, health and hope. He stated that we really are in a cool organization that is involved in helping people around the world. A survey was made of the public at large and found that 40% had not heard of Rotary, 40% heard of Rotary, but did not know what it does, and 20% had some familiarity with the organization. In fact, Americans know less about Rotary then the people of India. The total members of Rotary in 2006 and 2016 have remained the same at 1.26 million. The most disturbing statistic is that North America has 50,000 less members than they did 10 years ago our District has remained the same at about 3500 members Rotaract has grown dramatically since its beginning but the conversion from Rotaract to Rotary is only 1%. The following lists the percentage of why members joined Rotary and followed by the percentage reasons for staying in Rotary: friendship 30%/38.4%; positive impact on the local community 38.5%/36.1%; networking opportunities 18.7%/5.2%; personal and professional recognition 4.3%/2.3%; and to have a positive impact globally 8.2%/14%. This survey represents 40% of the members in North America and 60% in the rest the world. He recited the following six ways to recruit members: (1) wearing the pin; (2) the four Way test/Paul Harris fellow presentations; (3) bumper stickers; (4) top of mind awareness; (5) understanding why you are in Rotary; and (6) learn to answer “What is Rotary?” as if you are on an elevator ride. And the 7 steps to membership are (1) inviting a candidate; (2) providing up to three weeks of meals for a legitimate candidate; (3) filling out an application; (4) obtaining Board approval; (5) attending an orientation; (6) publishing the candidate’s name to all members; and (7) induction of the new member.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KAREN ZAPPIA:
“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”
Posted by Dannells
PROGRAM September 6, 2016: Steve Curry - “Uganda Trip-School Project”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:32 PM, with on this date in history: California became the 31st state on September 9, 1850; Bob Dylan’s “House of the Rising Sun" hit song” made its debut in 1962; and the United States got its nickname Uncle Sam on September 7, 1813 because Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef to the Army during the War of 1812 and stamped the barrels with “U.S.” for United States, but soldiers began referring to the grub as “Uncle Sam's.
Andrea Lueker exchanged her red badge for her permanent blue membership badge. Terry Fibich is seeking volunteers for a Highway cleanup Saturday, September 17 starting 7:30 AM at Coco’s restaurant. Steve Curry is seeking 10 volunteers for the AmpSurf hamburger barbecue this coming Saturday, September 10 from 10:30 AM to 1 PM. Joel Conn needs a few volunteers to help with the planting on the parklet from 5:30 to 6 PM next Monday, October 12. Karen Zappia circulated a sign-up sheet for the District Gov.’s barbecue on 20 September with a reminder to bring a jacket and a chair. Pres. Greg reported that the District Conference will be held from October 14 to October 16 at the Hyatt hotel in Westlake Village and that the next board meeting will be held at the Arroyo Grande hospital this Thursday at 6 PM. Linda Osty made 2 announcements: there are 7 tickets left for the $125 October 2 fundraising dinner and this year’s Christmas movie is “Going My Way.” Joel Conn will conduct a program on membership at our next meeting. Jack Hardy, this week’s secret greeter, picked Frank Montesinos who drew Scott Astrosky’s number and Scott won the $213 jackpot.
Fine master Jack Hardy fined everyone in attendance who was not wearing a Rotary pin. He fined Pres. Greg $25 for not auctioning off the fine-free badge so Jack had to raffle is off to himself with a winning bid of $45. Jack is celebrating his 64th birthday and fined Frank Montesinos $50 for guessing that he was 68. He respectively levied $50 fines on Mike Kee for not attending the Summer Sizzle and Andrea Lueker for not wearing her new membership badge.
Steve Curry - “Uganda Trip-School Project”
Steve began by pointing to a map of Uganda, a country of 50 million people, to show the Entebbe International Airport where he landed from a flight from Dubai. He got to the home his host, Valence Lothaire , by 4 PM. Valence did not get much sleep because his daughter had come down with malaria, so Valence had to take a nap. Steve took the opportunity to go for a long walk around town where he was greeted by dozens of smiling children. He noted everyone seemed to be making their own bricks to make additions to their homes and that most of the families had either a goat or a cow. During his stay in Uganda, he was the speaker at 2 Rotary meetings, attended three evening social events, and a major press attended event attended by local politicians to dedicate the new school. He explained that the majority of the Ugandans were Christians with Muslim and the native religion coming in second and third. Everywhere he went, people wanted to know about America and were trying to sell something down to the woman that was selling a single avocado. When he got to the school with most of the students off on holiday, he was able to meet with a classroom of students who are studying for scholarship exams. He met with the 2 students that we are sponsoring at a cost of $360 per year per student. He visited the grammar school where we put in the well project, which cut down there 1 mile trip to a few blocks. He visited the homes of the students whose parents were working in the cane fields and he met with the grandparents. Most of his presentation was via video after a bit of difficulty.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY HONORARY MEMBER PAUL JONES:
“Worry is hopeful anxiety; it destroys peace and accomplishes nothing.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Aug 30, 2016
PROGRAM August 30, 2016: Dan Buckshi, San Luis Obispo County Administrative Officer (CAO) - “State of the County”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:38 PM, with on this date in history: Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005; Sandy Koufax set the National League strikeout record against the San Francisco Giants in 1959; and Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” made its debut in 1964.
Jeff King came to the podium to thank all those who made Summer Sizzle such a big success that included, but not limited to: Charla Anderson and Harlan Silva for check-in; Montisa Phelan Lopez and John Traversaro for facility arrangements; Connie O Henley and her team for ticket sales; Bruce Beaudoin and Erik Mund for bringing in the sponsors; Terry Fibich and his BBQ team that included Peter Candela and Joel Conn; Ashlea Boyer for running the silent auction; Steve Curry and his team of Sandy Lubin and Cliff Nagler for running the reverse drawing; Deenie Dotson and Scott Astrosky for keeping track of the raffle tickets; and Mark Olson and his team for running the bar. Linda Osty announced that 23 out of the 40 tickets to the Katcho dinner on October 2 have been sold and she is urging those without tickets to purchase the remaining 17. The big winners of $1071 in the Summer Sizzle reverse drawing included Charla Anderson, Sheila Hardy and Anya Stanley. Kari Ziegler’s Best Buy vouchers are worth $1000.
Ashlea brought up a bit of Summer Sizzle silent auction humor: Jeff and Sally King had the same paddle number, but were bidding against each other on a succulent plant and Jack Hardy took a gift basket for sale at the silent auction that his wife Sheila did not want to sell so she wound up having to buy it back. Pres. Greg announced that Jim Lewis is recovering from back surgery. He also urged everyone to consider attending the District Conference and Rotary international’s 100th anniversary to be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on October 14-16. Karen Zappia announced that the District Gov.’s visit will take place on September 20 with the usual barbecue at Steve Curry’s ranch. Steve Curry announced that AmpSurf will be having their annual fund raising barbecue on Saturday, September 10. The big winners of $1071 in the Summer Sizzle reverse drawing included Charla Anderson, Sheila Hardy and Anya Stanley. Kari Ziegler’s Best Buy vouchers are worth $1000.
Fine master Jack Hardy had everyone stand and then asked those that were wearing Rotary pins to sit down. Lee Ann Liscombe, Steve Curry and Roger Frederickson were left standing and were fined $25. Roger Frederickson was about to be fined for not attending Summer Sizzle, but got off the hook by explaining that he was attending his daughter’s soccer tournament. Joel Conn was recognized for his wife Sarah’s birthday without a fine as he has the fine-free badge. Bonnie Mogan’s two-year club anniversary resulted in a $20 fee. Pres. Greg received a $25 fine for getting his dates wrong. Honorary member Paul Jones donated $25 Happy Bucks to celebrate his 87th birthday
Dan Buckshi, San Luis Obispo County Administrative Officer (CAO) - “State of the County”
Pres. Greg introduced Dan, who holds a bachelor’s in business management from Michigan State University and a master’s of public policy from Cal Poly. He has worked his way up from Principal Administrative Analyst, Budget Director, and Assistant County Administrative Officer to his present position in 2012. His primary roles are to advise the 5 member County Board of Supervisors so they can make well-informed decisions; to oversee 2800 County employees and the $571 million budget and finally to be the emergency service director in case of countywide disaster such as the recent Chimney Fire. That fire is now 80% contained with only a small outbreak in the North West corner of the county. The County is a political subsidiary of the state and is responsible for many diverse functions such as County schools, libraries, foster care, prosecution services and the county jail. The County is in good shape after successfully recovering from the 2008-2009 downturn. The county is at a 4 ½% unemployment rate and it’s adding employees incrementally using a slow steady approach. They maintain a 3% debt level, which allows them to have the highest bond rating and in refinancing a $150 million loan they saved a ½ million and interest payments. The biggest concerns at present are the water situation with the drought conditions continuing; the vineyards that require a high water usage; controlling the medical-use marijuana laws and the PG&E power plant that is scheduled to be closed in 2025. They hope to negotiate a present use of the desalination plant and someday actually purchase it out right when PG&E no longer has use for it. ¶
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY HONORARY MEMBER PAUL JONES:
“When you get down to nothing, God is up to something.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Aug 23, 2016
PROGRAM August 23, 2016: Director of Airports San Luis Obispo County Kevin Bumen- “Update on the SLO Airport”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker opened the meeting at 12:38 PM, with his “This date in history”: in 1814 the British Army entered Washington DC during the war of 1812; in 1989 Nolan Ryan became the first pitcher in major league history to register 5,000 career strikeouts; in 1962 the pop song “Loco-Motion" was written and became a number one hit.
John Traversaro gave the Rotary Foundation of Pismo Beach Minute by explaining how easy it is to contribute through wills, trusts, and bequests so that long after we are gone our Foundation will continue to do great works in the community. Jeff King gave a last-minute update for Summer Sizzle by requesting a few more volunteers for helping with parking for VIPs and on the barbecue team. Connie O‘Henley has just a few tickets outstanding and you can provide her with the status of these few tickets by responding to her email. She also requested that a volunteer come forward to keep track of the 250 $50 raffle tickets on a spreadsheet that she will provide. See Linda Osty for tickets to a special dinner that will add to the total amount for our fundraising activities. Michael Boyer reported on the number of items that are up for the live auction. We are dividing the number of donated very fine bottles of wine by awarding half to the highest bidder and the other half to the second highest bidder. Ashlea Boyer stated that as long as we give her descriptions of our silent auction items by Wednesday, they will be included in the silent auction list to be printed on Thursday. Pres. Greg urged everyone to be very good guests at the Edwards Barn as the owners bent over backwards to fit us in this summer.
Fine master Jim Lewis fined Ashlea Boyer $40 for her birthday, Don Weber $51 for his 51st anniversary with Jackie and Bruce Beaudoin $20 for the return of his hat.
PROGRAM: Director of Airports San Luis Obispo County Kevin Bumen- “Update on the SLO Airport”
Jim Lewis introduced Kevin who worked his way up to Director of Aviation and Business Services for the Truckee Tahoe Airport District before taking this position with the San Luis Obispo airport. Kevin began by giving a footnote that after the recent expansion, the airport ranks 19th based on acreage for small U.S. airports, which are going through an unprecedented rapid change by mothballing the 28 passenger Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia in favor of the 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jets (CRJ200). The SLO Airport handled 300,000 passengers last year with two airlines, which is scheduled to add Alaska Airlines' flights to Seattle on April 13, 2017 with the 78-passenger Bombardier Q400. Kevin then gave a slideshow showing the construction of the new 50,000 ft.² 4-gate terminal, which compares to the present 1-gate 12,500 ft.² terminal. The new terminal will have multi-lane TSA checkpoints, expanded paved parking, expanded pickup/drop-off areas, single level design, and an open air sheltered concourse between check-in and boarding similar to that found in the Palm Springs airport.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KARIN ZAPPIA:
“You are not stuck when you are unless you want to be.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Aug 20, 2016
PROGRAM August 16, 2016: Pismo Beach Police Chief Jake Miller - “Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker started the meeting at 12:34 PM, with his usual “What happened on this date in history?” The Woodstock Music Festival in 1969; Elvis Presley died in 1977; and 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting American women the right to vote was ratified in 1920.
Jeff King reported with less than two weeks to go weeks to the Summer Sizzle fundraiser we are still looking for auction items and sponsors. Connie O’Henley reported that less than half of the ticket stubs and money have been turned in and she urged everyone to bring them in at least by next Tuesday’s meeting. Linda Osty is organizing a special dinner to make another few thousand as part of this fundraiser. Ashlea Boyer is asking everyone to make sure there silent-auction items are turned in here at McClintock’s or at her office. Sharon Ellis celebrated her birthday on this date. Don and Jackie Weber have been married 51 years on August 21. Pres. Greg reported that Roger Frederickson requested a leave of absence because he will be in court trying a case for the foreseeable future and will have two give up his position as Director of Youth Services, which is now the new title for Mike Frederick. Jack Hardy announced that his son opens for Trace Adkins at the Pozo saloon on August 21. [It has been announced on the Internet that this show has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.]
Fine master Jim Lewis fined Mike Frederick $10 for volunteering to accept his new position. Mark Olson was fined $20 for not introducing Chief Miller. Peter Candela was fined $10 for giving an incorrect answer and Jim Lewis fined himself
PROGRAM: Pismo Beach Police Chief Jake Miller – “Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)”
Jim Lewis introduced Chief Miller who has been with the force for 22 years and Chief for 2 years. He began by thinking of us for giving him the opportunity to speak again to our club. The Department was first accredited 12 years ago before he became a Commander. He recalls that the Department thought that this accreditation process would not be too difficult, but they were mistaken as it took from 2004 to 2007 to receive their accreditation. CALEA was created in 1979 as a result of the civil uprisings of the late 60s and early 70s through the efforts of the law enforcement's major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Accreditation involves a 5 phase process: (1) enrollment; (2) self-assessment; (3) on-site assessment; (4) commission review and decision; and (5) maintain compliance. The department was subjected to nine areas of review: (1) law enforcement; (2) organization; (3) personnel structure; (4) personnel process; (5) law enforcement operation; (6) operation support; (7) traffic organization; (eight) detainer in court related activities; and (9) auxiliary and tech services.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY GREG BAKER:
“Don’t just look for a miracle for yourself; become someone’s miracle a serving others.”
Posted by Dick Dannells on Aug 04, 2016
PROGRAM Aug. 3, 2016: Jim Lewis – “City of Pismo Beach Update”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker started the meeting at 12:34 PM by referring to the attack on John F.’s Kennedy’s P T boat during WWII that took place on this date in 1943. He then auctioned off the fine-free badge to Joel Conn.
Pres. Greg announced that he was replacing last year’s President’s Club with the Centurion Club in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation plus the $26.50 first contribution to that Foundation. Ashlea Boyer reported that she still looking for 2 silent auction items from each member today or they will be placed on her disapproval list. Pres. Greg reported on a special concert to be held at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 8:00PM in support of the Polio Plus campaign. He encouraged us to sign up to attend this event.
Fine master Mark Olson began by assessing $40 fines on Linda Osty and Pres. Greg for their respective birthdays on August 5 and August 3. Past Pres. Joel Conn was recognized for also having a birthday on August 3. Charla Anderson 20 years and Dick Dannells 25 years with the Club were recognized with $30 and $40 fines, respectively. Peter Candela was assessed $40 for a smartphone infraction. Steve Curry and Frank Montesinos received $30 fines and Sharon Ellis and Lee Ann Liscombe received $20 fines in the usual trivial quiz contest. Mike Frederick and Kari Ziegler received $10 interruption of fine master fines.
PROGRAM: Jim Lewis – “City of Pismo Beach Update”
Jim Lewis began with the community vision, which, in part, is to provide a safe place while maintaining a small beach town character. During the recent budget year of 2015-2016, the city wound up with a $4.1 million surplus and ended with a $12.1 million fund balance. This places them in a position to move forward on prepaid major projects. The occupancy tax for the hotels and resorts rose from 8.6 in 2015 to 9.6% in 2016. Although the occupancy rate as remained about the same, the hotel rates have gone up 6.2%. There was a 16.2% increase in building permits. The goals of the Pismo Beach Council include: (1) conserve and grow the water supply; (2) enhance the downtown parking and circulation; (3) implement the downtown revitalization; (4) construct the Shell Beach streetscape; (5) implement and reuse the old City Hall; and (6) adopt the Shell Beach development standards. Other goals include setting standards for the Chapman Estate; study the feasibility of a new firehouse; getting the Pismo Preserve up and running; helping the downtown; and rebuilding one fourth of the Pismo pier, a $3½ million project. Jim showed slides of the planned city improvements. He reported on the wastewater treatment currently going into the ocean and divert it a tertiary level of treatment. The resulting treated water will supply ½ of the city’s normal water. The city has achieved 24% water conservation for the last year. He then took questions from the floor.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KARIN ZAPPIA:
“Don’t make excuses; make improvements.”
Posted by Dick Dannells
PROGRAM August 9, 2016: Andrea Lueker – “Port San Luis Update”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Greg Baker started the meeting at 12:34 PM, by stated that Gerald Ford became the 38th U.S. president on this date in 1974 and, in the spirit of the Olympics, Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals in August 1936 at the Olympics in Germany.
Pres. Greg announced a board meeting will be held this Thursday, August 11 in the Arroyo Grande Hospital board room. He urged everyone to join the Centurion Club at a cost of $126.50. Jeff King reported there is less than 3 weeks to the Summer Sizzle fundraiser and that Tommy Thompson is donating a purple girls bicycle for the auction and we have one $2500 event sponsor as well as 2 $500 sponsors. See Linda Osty about her plan for us to make another few thousand at this fundraiser. Karen Zappia is taking vacationing Ashlea Boyer’s place as silent-auction coordinator, so see her for any questions on this matter. Steve Curry reported that all those that want to take a hike on the Pismo Preserve meet at the end of Mattie Road.
Fine master Jim Lewis fined Jack Hardy $25 for not putting up the American flag and Linda Osty and Eric Mund $20 for not correctly answering the trivia questions. Karen Zappia’s second anniversary was recognized with a $20 assessment. Jim Lewis fined himself $52 for his 14 years of marriage with Debbie. Honorary member Paul Jones fined himself $20 for his 67 years of marriage with Joy. Andrea Lue donated $20 in Crappy Bucks because the Red Sox beat her Angels. Jeff King donated $25 Happy Bucks for the Hoosegow Park in Arroyo Grande that he passes by every day. Sharon Ellis also donated $20 Happy Bucks.
PROGRAM: Andrea Lueker – “Port San Luis Update”
Andrea, who recently became the Harbor Master for the Port San Luis District that includes 68,000 voters, began by presenting a slideshow. The District employs 25 full-time and 20 part-time/seasonal employees (such as lifeguards). It was founded in 1954 and was greatly improved in 1967 by adding acres of landfill that came from dredging. She mentioned that dredging is a continuous process that takes place from January to June. They are responsible for the Avila Bay, Hartford, Cal Poly piers. They allocate $200,000 a year to Hartford pier repairs. Recently a company renovated the old icehouse to package and freeze Pacific hagfish, which has a long, eel-like body, for sending to Japan where it is a great delicacy. They are in the process of a $10-$12 million project to produce an RV and camping site on the Harbor Terrace, presently used for the storage of boats. To find out more about the Port she directed us to go online to view their Facebook page.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KARIN ZAPPIA:
“Be the motivator not the distractor.”
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