Posted by Dick Dannells on Sep 28, 2017
PROGRAM September 26, 2017: Andrea Lueker, Mark Olson & Shannon Bowdey-“Craft Talks”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Jeff King was incapacitated with a cold so Pres. Elect Scott Astrosky substituted by opening the meeting at 12:38 PM and Past Pres. Ashlea Boyer continued to lead the rest of the meeting.
FINES:
Past Pres. Ashlea fined her husband Michael $46 for the last-minute arrangements he made four the Cancún vacation to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary, when the surprise cruise he had planned for the Eastern Caribbean was canceled because of Hurricane Maria. John Traversaro celebrated his 73rd on this planet by also going on a 10 day Cancún vacation during hurricane season because he got the best room rates and the elegant resort was only 50% occupied. He was fined $86 and then turned around and donated $73 to the Rotary Foundation.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Michael Boyer reported on the District Conference October 6-8 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. The last  day for registration is this Thursday, September 28. District conferences as opposed to District Assemblies are more to have fun by socializing with other Rotarians and learning about what that entire Rotary is achieving. Andrea Lueker thanked the members that helped at the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival pie eating contest that included Sharon Ellis, Deenie Dotson, Bonnie Mogan, Cliff Nagler, Dick Dannells and Rae Alee Breen. Steve Curry again reminded everyone of the Grover Beach 5 Cities Rotary Club’s fundraiser: Bands, Burgers & Brews at ManRock Brewing Company on October 14 from 12 to 4 PM.  He also reminded us of Grover’s annual Halloween Trunk or Treat on October 27 to hand out candies and hotdogs. Pres. Elect Scott Astrosky spoke about the highlights on last Saturday’s Pres. Elect Retreat. He stated that often our Club walks-the-walk, but doesn’t talk-the-talk. We can do better in getting the word out to others of the fine things we do for the community. At the retreat they emphasized that we should have fun at our local Rotary club meetings. He stated that the District 2018-2019 dues will not increase. However, there will be a $2 a year increase in our RI contribution.
Program: Andrea Lueker, Mark Olson & Shannon Bowdey-“Craft Talks”
Mark Olson, whose childhood nickname was Oly Oxen, has lived in Five Cities his entire life with the exception of spending 4 years getting a degree at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. Upon graduation he was fortunate enough to obtain a position at Coast National Bank that was taken over by Rabobank. He has now completed his 3 year management training program, which places him in a position for higher positions in the future. However, at the present time he enjoys his position as an analyst for the large institutional loan department because it gives him more time to spend with his wife Amanda, ten-year old Keithan, lovable eight-year-old Corel, who is a non-verbal child in a wheelchair, and three-year-old Camilee.
Andrea Lueker, who is a permanent member of the Stuntman Association because of the underwater stunts that she did while they were making the TV show “Rescue 911,” began skiing at the age of 3, but no longer engages in that sport. For the past 3 years she has been engaging in the wicked competition of triathlons. She is now trying to become fluent in Spanish and spent four weeks in Jamaica perfecting her language. At her former Rotary Club that was very musical, they gave her a triangle and asked her to play it at every meeting. She pulled out a helmet that she wears when she’s surfing. She has a passion for candy corn.
Shannon Bowdey has selling real estate in her DNA. From her birth and throughout her childhood, her parents were constantly moving the family from one fixer-upper to another in New Orleans. Some of the restored mansions that she lived in were sold for in the thousands are now selling for millions. It was a fantastic environment to grow up in and she showed photos of each of these houses. When she moved to California, she and her former husband opened up a Cajun restaurant in Solvang. When that didn’t work out, she remarried Bradley Bowdey and gave birth to five children. Now she is a broker with the Keller Williams Real Estate team and loves to sell homes.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KAREN ZAPPIA:
“We are only as strong as we are united and as weak as we are divided”
PROGRAM September 26, 2017: Andrea Lueker, Mark Olson & Shannon Bowdey-“Craft Talks”
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Jeff King was incapacitated with a cold so Pres. Elect Scott Astrosky substituted by opening the meeting at 12:38 PM and Past Pres. Ashlea Boyer continued to lead the rest of the meeting.
FINES:
Past Pres. Ashlea fined her husband Michael $46 for the last-minute arrangements he made four the Cancún vacation to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary, when the surprise cruise he had planned for the Eastern Caribbean was canceled because of Hurricane Maria. John Traversaro celebrated his 73rd on this planet by also going on a 10 day Cancún vacation during hurricane season because he got the best room rates and the elegant resort was only 50% occupied. He was fined $86 and then turned around and donated $73 to the Rotary Foundation.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Michael Boyer reported on the District Conference October 6-8 at the Ventura Beach Marriott. The last  day for registration is this Thursday, September 28. District conferences as opposed to District Assemblies are more to have fun by socializing with other Rotarians and learning about what that entire Rotary is achieving. Andrea Lueker thanked the members that helped at the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival pie eating contest that included Sharon Ellis, Deenie Dotson, Bonnie Mogan, Cliff Nagler, Dick Dannells and Rae Alee Breen. Steve Curry again reminded everyone of the Grover Beach 5 Cities Rotary Club’s fundraiser: Bands, Burgers & Brews at ManRock Brewing Company on October 14 from 12 to 4 PM.  He also reminded us of Grover’s annual Halloween Trunk or Treat on October 27 to hand out candies and hotdogs. Pres. Elect Scott Astrosky spoke about the highlights on last Saturday’s Pres. Elect Retreat. He stated that often our Club walks-the-walk, but doesn’t talk-the-talk. We can do better in getting the word out to others of the fine things we do for the community. At the retreat they emphasized that we should have fun at our local Rotary club meetings. He stated that the District 2018-2019 dues will not increase. However, there will be a $2 a year increase in our RI contribution.
Program: Andrea Lueker, Mark Olson & Shannon Bowdey-“Craft Talks”
Mark Olson, whose childhood nickname was Oly Oxen, has lived in Five Cities his entire life with the exception of spending 4 years getting a degree at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. Upon graduation he was fortunate enough to obtain a position at Coast National Bank that was taken over by Rabobank. He has now completed his 3 year management training program, which places him in a position for higher positions in the future. However, at the present time he enjoys his position as an analyst for the large institutional loan department because it gives him more time to spend with his wife Amanda, ten-year old Keithan, lovable eight-year-old Corel, who is a non-verbal child in a wheelchair, and three-year-old Camilee.
Andrea Lueker, who is a permanent member of the Stuntman Association because of the underwater stunts that she did while they were making the TV show “Rescue 911,” began skiing at the age of 3, but no longer engages in that sport. For the past 3 years she has been engaging in the wicked competition of triathlons. She is now trying to become fluent in Spanish and spent four weeks in Jamaica perfecting her language. At her former Rotary Club that was very musical, they gave her a triangle and asked her to play it at every meeting. She pulled out a helmet that she wears when she’s surfing. She has a passion for candy corn.
Shannon Bowdey has selling real estate in her DNA. From her birth and throughout her childhood, her parents were constantly moving the family from one fixer-upper to another in New Orleans. Some of the restored mansions that she lived in were sold for in the thousands are now selling for millions. It was a fantastic environment to grow up in and she showed photos of each of these houses. When she moved to California, she and her former husband opened up a Cajun restaurant in Solvang. When that didn’t work out, she remarried Bradley Bowdey and gave birth to five children. Now she is a broker with the Keller Williams Real Estate team and loves to sell homes.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY BY KAREN ZAPPIA:
“We are only as strong as we are united and as weak as we are divided”