News Updates

Dr. Joe Morrow stepped in when our scheduled presenter had to cancel and, as usual, he gave us a fascinating and thought-provoking presentation about trauma and supporting those who have experienced it.

Dr. Joe explained a bit about trauma he has suffered at various times of his life and the there are 2 sides of the coin: one side makes it hard for a person to deal with the effects of trauma while the other side makes us stronger. (Guess which side of the coin our good doctor got).

There are situations including fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, car crashes, recession, any of which could cause trauma. And, it can take up to 7 generations (40 years per generation) for the effects of trauma to disappear.

How events are experienced can have a lasting effect on how one reacts to trauma. Does the victim of trauma feel alone or supported? Did the event cause them to discover strength they did not realize they had or result in them feeling broken? Did it cause them to re-prioritize values or maybe feel that they had gotten a second chance?

How can you help if a friend or a family member experiences trauma? Ask the question, “what happened to you” instead of asking “what’s wrong with you?” Listen and allow them to voice their feelings.

Dr. Joe educates new employees at Atascadero State Hospital (ASH) regarding trauma. He told us that most of the violent people that are at ASH are being treated for trauma. The goal is to make them feel safe and instill trustworthiness and transparency, provide peer support, empower them to use their voice and make them real- ize they have a choice.

Dr. Joe’s Power Point presentation is available in PDF. If you would like a copy, let Sue know and she will email it to you,

Thanks Dr. Joe for a great presentation!

TRF Chair, Dennis White and Gerry Porter with help from Bruce Howard, explained the Rotary Foundation to us. Here are some of the key points taken from the Rotary International website. Attached to this newsletter is the power point that Dennis and Gerry presented at our meeting.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. With your help, we can make lives better in your community and around the world.

Our mission

The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world under- standing, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

Why should I donate to The Rotary Foundation?

Your donation makes a difference to those who need our help most. More than 90 percent of donations go di- rectly to supporting our service projects around the world.

How does The Rotary Foundation use donations?

Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects that support our six causes. With donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your do- nation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

What impact can one donation have?

It can save a life. A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents. Our partners make your donation go even further. For every $1 Rotary commits to polio eradication, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $2.

  • According to, Rotary Foundation of Rotary International has an overall score of 97.51% based on fiscal year 2017 (the most recent form 990 available).

  • 100% of the donations you make to polio eradication, go to polio eradication.

  • Members can sign up to have as little as $5 a month automatically deducted via credit card. This can de

    done by completing a form which Dennis White can give you or by calling RI at 1-866-976-8279.

  • If you shop on Amazon, consider signing up for AmazonSmile. Amazon they will donate .5% of most of your

    purchases to our Foundation.

  • Consider putting your loose change in the Polio can at the next meeting.

Sue Robinson introduced our speaker, Suzanne Kennedy, who was the driving force behind the creation of the Cambria Education Foundation. Suzanne has lived in Cambria since 1988 with her husband Jim Cunningham. They raised their two children, Mackenzie and Connor.

Suzanne started off by telling us that both her children went through RYLA and she is very grateful to Rotary for giving them that chance. She then went on the explain that CEF was founded in the parking lot of the middle school by 4 parents who were concerned about cuts in the State budget. After working for about 12 months, they were granted non-profit status. Through numerous fundraisers, they were able to give grants to teachers, support field trips and science camp as well as other projects.

Unfortunately the Cambria Education Foundation (CEF) has had to dissolve due to lack of volunteers but they have been fortunate to receive the support of the Cambria Community Council assist in providing grants to teachers in the Coast Unified School District. In an effort to streamline the grant process and provide the most efficient use of volunteers, the education grants will now run through the Council. CEF will transfer all current funds to the Council in support of education-related requests. Anyone who has supported CEF in the past is asked to now send their donation to Cambria Community Council and indicate that you would like the donation to go towards education.

One of the hardest things CEF had to give up was their annual end of the year party honoring those teachers who are retiring. They are hoping one of the non-profits in town will pick it up. (Hint, hint).

Suzanne was asked about the t-shirt she was wearing which had a “We Are One” logo on it. She explained that every student at Santa Lucia Middle School will be reading the book Refugee by Alan Gratz, a compelling story about three refugees from three different time periods in history. It ties in with the school-wide theme “We Are One”.

Community Service Chair, Miguel Sandoval told us about some of the many projects being supported by our club’s Community Service Committee. He was pleased to present checks, on our club’s behalf to:

Sherry Sim who accepted a check for $500 for a bench in the Rotary Amphitheater at Rancho El Chorro.

Sarah Avila Celedon just recently took on the challenge of reintroducing a Cheer & Dance Squad to Coast Union High School. It had been many years since the high school had a squad. Sarah is a graduate of CUHS and, with help from community members, boosters (along with a generous donation from she and her husband), recently purchased cheerleading uniforms. Miguel presented Sarah with a check for $500 for long sleeve Under Armor shirts. The cheer squad of Ore, Tori, John & Darin then treated us to a cheer.

Bobby De Lancellotti was presented with a check for $1,152 for Got Your Back. This will provide 2 students with backpacks filled with healthy food each weekend for the entire school year.

Great job, Miguel! We will be hearing more from our Community Service Chair about ways our club will be helping the community.

DG Loretta Butts told us about how she met Julius and learned about his goal to help the children of Uganda. She also told us about Jim Fee, the American who joined Julius to create the Achon Uganda Children’s Fund. Jim, unfortunately, was killed on a cycling accident in 2013. His wife, Angela Fee has continued working on the fund and joined us today. Loretta also introduced John Brant, author of The Boy Who Runs.

Julius Achon grew up in a small village, Awake, 40 miles northeast of Lira in northern
Uganda. At age 12, he was kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army, a militant coalition
that rebelled against the Uganda government, and was forced to become a child soldier. Three months later, He escaped and a year later entered and won his first official race, which earned him a place at the district championships in Lira. To get to the stadium 42 miles away, he had to run for six hours, barefoot, because he didn't own a pair of shoes. The following day he won the 800m, 1500m and 3000m.

Shortly thereafter, Julius returned to school and began running. His talents landed him a scholarship in 1990 to attend school at Makerere High School in the capital city of Kampala. At age 17, having attracted the attention of several Ugandan sports officials, he was entered in the 1994 World Junior Championships in Portugal, and ran the 1,500. He won the race, wearing shoes for the first time in competition and bringing Uganda its first World Junior gold medal. His performance caught the eye of John Cook, an American track coach who brought him to George Mason University in Virginia on a scholarship.

Julius went on to compete for Uganda in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, both times serving as captain of the Ugandan Olympic team. While training near his village in 2003, he encountered a
group of orphans and couldn’t help but take them into his home. He created the
Achon Uganda Children’s Fund to help the many children orphaned in northern

Uganda. A year later he found out his mother had been shot. Because there were no medical facilities nearby, his mother bled to death four days after being shot. Julius realized that if there had been a hospital she could have reached, she might still be alive. So, he built the Kristina Health Center, named after his mother. The fund has since raised enough money to add a full-blown maternity ward to the center.

We were proud to present Julius and Angela Fee, CEO of the Achon Uganda Children’s Fund, with a check for $1,750 for the Kristina Health Center. The club also collected $1,000 towards the purchase of an ultrasound machine for the maternity department he is adding to the hospital.

Honor Flight was created to honor America’s Veterans for their sacrifices. Our speaker, Bruce McGrath, told us that the first Honor Flight took place in 2005 with 6 small planes taking 12 WWII Veterans from Springfield, Ohio on a visit to the memorial in Washington DC. Since then, over 300,000 veterans nation-wide have taken the trip. The Central Coast Chapter was formed

in 2014 and so far have sent about 600 veterans to Washington DC with the most recent flight leaving on Monday with 5 WWII and 6 Korean War Vets on board.

Some interesting facts: When the Japanese came aboard the USS Missouri to sign the surrender documents, Gen. McArthur sat them at a table that he had lowered, by cutting the legs, so they would be much lower than the US military standing in the room.

In 1921, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated to the services of an unknown soldier and to the common memories of all
soldiers killed in any war. With the emergence of DNA

technology, there should never be another unknown soldier.

Our Club was honored to present Bruce with a check for $1500 so one more veteran can take the trip to Washington D.C.

Janet Meyers introduced today’s speakers, Claudia Harmon Worthen and Frank Widmann. Claudia and Frank are pursuing Dark Sky Certification for Cambria.
We were inspired by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), the leading organization combating light pollution worldwide, to pursue certification for Cambria as an International Dark Sky Community. IDA is the recognized authority for night sky protection and has taken the lead in identifying and publicizing the negative impacts of artificial light at night on human health, wildlife and the environment as a whole.

Claudia and Frank encouraged us to:

  • Buy approved outdoor lighting. The IDA Fixture Seal of Approval provides objective, third-party certification for lighting that minimizes glare, reduces light trespass, and doesn’t pollute the night sky.

  • Support our effort to win a coveted Dark Skies Community designation. Dark Skies communities adopt quality outdoor lighting ordinances and undertake efforts to educate residents about the importance of dark skies. IDA designates Dark Sky Places following a rigorous application process requiring applicants to demonstrate

    robust community support for dark sky protection and document designation-specific program requirements. IDA works with certified places to promote their work through media relations, member communications, and social media. A Dark Sky Places designation helps enhance the visibility of designated locations and foster increased tourism and local economic activity.

    Cambria would become only the second California community to win the designation and the first on the coast. enhance the visibility of designated locations and foster

Today President Roger introduced a new game that, hopefully will help us get to know each other better. Three club members were selected and they will each told us four things about themselves. One of those four things was be a lie and it was up to everyone to decide which was truth and which was fiction.

Cynthia Woodruff-Neer:

Sue Oberholtzer:

#1: I was born on the 8th day of the 8th month and weighed 8 lbs., 8 oz.

#2: I was a competitive ice skater and at 16 became a paid professional ice skater.

#3: After high school I became an exchange student and lived on a pig farm in Sweden with 1200 pigs.

#4: I worked for 30 years as an attorney, some of that time with Alpine Electronics. During my time with Alpine, I travelled to China 20 times.

#1: In the 6th grade we were asked to sell 6 oz bars of World’s Famous Chocolate bars. My parents regularly went to a pub on Friday nights and I sometimes tagged along. I sold 85 chocolate bars to inebriated pub goers and was proclaimed Chocolate Salesman Champion for which I was awarded a 2 pound chocolate bar.

#2: In Jr. High students were asked to bring in items for a bake sale. My friend and I decided to make candy bars by melting tootsie rolls and adding X-Lax and hot pepper and wrapping them in waxed paper. The next day, during 2nd period English, 2 boys came to class bragging that they stole candy from the lunch room. Yes, it was the candy made by me and my friend. They boys passed the candy out to everyone in the class and I am sure you can imagine what happened next!

#3: In 1982 in Austin, Tx, my son Miles entered me into a stand up comedian competition at a local Comedy Club. I was really nervous about it but I went and it was a lot of fun. I ended up coming in 2nd in the Pun-Off contest. No pun intended.


Presentation: THREE TRUTHS AND A LIE, continued

Sue Oberholtzer (continued)

Roger Robinson

#4: While stationed in Okinawa, my fighter pilot husband fitted me out with a flight suit and oxygen mask for a “burner bust” in an F105 fighter jet. A burner bust is when the plane takes off but then lands again right away after the drag chute deploys). After putting me in the back seat, he started to take the plane off and deployed the chute to slow the plane down. The plane blew a tire on landing and he was busted for having a civilian in the back seat (a no-no).

#1: In 1959, while at University of Illinois, I was selected as Editor-in-Chief of the school yearbook.

#2: In 1964, while competing with the US Para Olympics Team, I met Crown Prince Akihito, son of Emperor Hirohito of Japan, and his wife, Princess Michiko and had my picture taken shaking his hand. Crown Prince Akihito became Emperor of Japan in January 1989.

#3: In 1984, in celebration of completing my Masters Degree at Pepperdine, my wife treated me to a weekend at Pebble Beach where I played a round of golf. I won’t disclose my score but I can proudly say that I had a par 4 on the 15th hole.

#4: In 1989 I attended an airline conference in Berlin. While there, the Berlin Wall came down and we were able to walk across the border into East Berlin.

We will be doing this again on November 30. If you would like to participate, let Sue know. In the meantime, were you able to guess which of the statements were the “lies”? Drum Roll please.....

Cynthia has never been to China.
Sue O. did not win the Pun-Off Contest but her son did. Roger was never the yearbook editor.

CUHS Principal, Scott Ferguson, began by telling us that one of the prime goals for CUHS this year is to instill spirit in the students. He showed us the t-shirts that were given to each student at the start of school (thanks to the Boosters) and all are asked to wear them every Friday. He then introduced Andrew Crosby, Athletic Director, Math Teacher and Football Coach.

Andrew told us that this year the football team is getting off to a very slow start (0-3 record),
losing their first game 41-0. They have only 5 returning players and 7 of the team

members are freshmen. The team spirit last year was very low but there seems to be more excitement this year. Last year they wound up with a 5-4 record (2nd in the League). With Assistant Coaches Charlie Casale (40+ years of experience) and Trevor Neer (starter all 4 years in high school) along with help from Michael Young (10 years in the NFL) and Mark McKay (starting QB at SDSU), he is confident they will be building a winning team.

Students are saying that this year feels different. They are proud of their school and for good reason: The Cyber-Security Club is ranked 2nd in the state; FFA raised 17 animals and earned $54,000; CUHS placed 2nd in the county in Mock Trial; exceeded the standard in English in 2017 (73.69% compared to a county average of 61.62%); exceeded the standard in Math (41.38% to 35.13 for SLO County); 2017-18 League Champs in volleyball, girl’s basketball, baseball and softball.

Sherry Sim introduced our presenters, Steve Geil, Past President and Fundraising Chair of Cayucos Rotary, and Jim Brescia, County Superintendent SLO County Office of Education.

Steve began by telling us that he was looking for a project and heard about Rancho El Chorro. He was very impressed with what he saw when he toured the property
but realized a serious upgrading was needed. The property is 247 acres and the kids study under the shade of oak trees. Rancho El Chorro reaches over 10,000 young
people a year and focuses on Environmental Literacy. With help from various Rotary Clubs, the importance of high ethical standards, conflict resolution and the 4 Way
Test are an important part of the curriculum. By partnering with other Rotary Clubs, this project will enhance Rotary’s image and brand to a broad spectrum of young
people, their parents and grandparents. It will also bring hundreds of Rotarians together for a single purpose and, most of all, be FUN!

Jim explained that children are very literal when they are young. They start out being taught right and wrong. Later in life, this is challenged on a
daily basis by a constant bombardment from different mediums; musical lyrics, action movies, television shows,

video games, and peer pressure. Learning the Four-Way Test’s ethical standards of conduct early on, will better prepare them for the future, thereby benefitting society as

a whole. This is where Rotary comes in. There are various ways Rotary can partner in this project from providing $15,000 to build a yurt to $350—$500 for a bench or by joining with other Rotary clubs to adopt part of a project. As we have done for years and will continue to do for Camp Ocean Pines, this
is just one more way to get involved with helping the youth of California.

Thank you for a great presentation Steve and Jim.

Dennis White introduced his long-time friend, Bobby, telling us that he was the first person to start the community Thanksgiving Dinner in Cambria. He said that his job description is compassion.

Bob started off by telling us that he moved to Cambria in 1974 when Cambria was made up of ranchers, farmers, hippies and retirees. He recently started the Estero Bay Kindness Coalition after discovering that, in the Estero Bay area a large percentage of children are beneath the poverty level. These children receive free or reduced meals at their schools. For the most part, the school cafeteria is their primary source of nutrition all week. Unfortunately, many children go an entire weekend with little or no food with any nutrition.

In 2017, the group committed to filling 12 backpacks each week for students who were otherwise not going to be eating on the weekends. By the end of the school year, they were filling 40 backpacks each week. Each backpack includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with snacks, juice and milk, to help bridge the
gap over the weekend. This year, they have teamed up with the Cambria Connection to provide similar backpacks to students at Cambria Grammar School where 70% of the children are below the poverty level! And they are hoping to start a program where these same children can receive the backpacks during the summer when they are not getting lunch at school. They are calling this program Got Your Back.

Bob is asking for help to fight childhood hunger. Donations can be made to Cambria Connection (put “Got Your Back” on your check). To sponsor a child for a week, it is $12; for 1 month, $48; 1 semester, $228 and, for an entire school year, $456. They also accept donations of food including healthy cereal, evaporated milk, canned fruit, dry fruit, canned vegetables, canned chicken, tuna, beef, peanut butter, jelly, instant rice and boxed juice.

Thank you Bob for such an informative presentation.


Richard Torchia introduced Bohdi Hodges, former librarian at Cambria Grammar
School saying that, in his 40+ years working in school districts. He has had his share of
librarians. But, when he met Bohdi, he found someone doing great things. Bohdi explained that a parent had come to her saying that her children had never owned a book because of the cost. Bohdi decided to start a book exchange so kids could take books home during the summer. The program was so successful, she decided to ex- pand it year-round. In addition, the students are taught to respect books and care for
them so they can turn them back in in exchange for a new book.

Jill Southern thanked Rotary for helping to make the library the center of the school and for helping to promote literacy.

Richard Torchia, Youth Service and Miguel Sandoval, Community Service presented Bohdi and Jill with a check for $750. The club also presented a pile of books donate by our generous members.

Sherry Sim, Asst. DG and Pres of Rotary Club of Cayucos, introduced our District Governor, Sandi Schwartz. She described Sandi as the most personable, relatable person. She always has a big smile and a big heart and is not afraid to get dirty. Sandi has been a member of Rotary (Bakersfied East) since 1994 and was President in 2013/14, the year Bakersfield East was named Best Medium Size Club. She gained 7 members during her Presidential year, got a leadership award and attracted major donors. Sandi is a retired RN with 7 children and 11 grandchildren.

Sandi began by telling us how, when she as a Home Health Care nurse, she had to keep her lipstick in an ice chest because of the heat in Bakersfield.
She chose to join Bakersfield East because it had the oldest members and she saw them as possible future clients! She told us about a fellow club member whose wife committed suicide by drowning. Members of their club looked for her for 12 days before finally finding her body. She knew then that Rotary was where she needed to be. She quoted Sir Clem Renouf who said “Rotary takes ordinary people and gives them opportunities to do more with their lives than they ever dreamed possible”. Sandi experienced this first hand while walking the streets of India in 2004 with Bruce and Jane Howard for National Immunization Day.

District 5240 extends from North of Kern County, East to China Lake and South to Thousand Oaks. As of July, there are 72 clubs with a total of 3,249 members.

DG Sandi explained that she does not do her job alone. She has a wonderful staff consisting of Jacque Jans, her “Chief of Stuff”, Scott Phillips, Chief Operating Officer and, Melinda Westfahl, who handles the District calendar and scheduling. She, by the way is Mike Griffin’s sister. As DG, she reports to John Matthews, RI Director and RI President, Barry Rassin. A bit of trivia: John Matthews, who is retired from COSTCO, told her that parking spaces at COSTCO are wider than most other parking lots because the shopping carts are so much wider than others. Who knew?

Sandi puts a lot of emphasis on club retention. We have to be a club people want to be a part of. She also encouraged everyone to consider attending the 2018 District Conference in Bakersfield on October 5-6.

DG Sandi Schwartz presented Monty & Julia with a Major Donor Level 1 Award and People of Action Awards to Bonnie Cameron and Linda Sherman.

At the end of the presentation, President certificate showing a donation of $500 to Polio Eradication

VIVA Chair, Mary Ann Carson, reminded us that the theme this year is Oscar Night! And she pointed to the little Oscar statues on our tables. She also reminded us that this is our major fundraiser and we need EVERYONE to get involved! Ron Castadio will be the Master of Ceremonies and Bob Kasper will be the Auctioneer.

Sue Oberholtzer is handling the Grand Raffle and has $17,200 worth of tickets to be sold. So far she has collected only $2300. So, please get out there and ask your friends, neighbors, family members, strangers on the street to buy a ticket for this great raffle.

Patty Griffin is in charge of Sponsors and has already knocked it out of the park! Pacific Premier Bank (Phillip Sullivan) and Sydney Peak Stone (Christel Chesney) have signed on as $2500 sponsors and Patty is working on another 8 $1,000 sponsors. Way to go Patty!

Judy Schuster reported that she has already sold 2 tables for VIVA! You too could sell a table.

Miguel Sandoval announced that the menu will include salad, prime rib with potatoes and veggies and a dessert of cheesecake with raspberry sauce. Eggplant parmigiana will be available for those not wanting the beef. He will also be arranging for show tunes to play during dinner and a variety of popular songs for dancing after dinner.

Linda Sherman told us that tickets for the event are available on-line at or you can purchase by check (made out to RCC Foundation). Tickets are $85 each. She also told us that, so far, we have collected 2 bottles of wine. At this time last year we had 200! So, please considering donating or asking for donations of wine.


Christel Chesney told us that the decorations will be “Simply Elegant”. And, we know Christel means what she says. Cannot wait to see the magic she performs at the Vet’s Hall. Suggested dress code is either elegant or movie character.

Bob Kasper shared that we have a Live Auction donation of 2 nights at the Cass House with dinner for 2. He would love to pair that with something like a limo to take the guests wine tasting or something else that would make this donation even more special. He also asked us to think about a friend with a fun job that could provide an experience (visit to a movie set, walk-on part on a TV show, batting practice with the pros).

Julie Jenkins explained that we are hoping to have 30 Silent Auction items this year. She asks that donation forms (available on-line and at our weekly meetings) be filled out and given to her along with a photo of the donation item. She would appreciate not receiving the actual item until Sept. 14 due to lack of room for storing said items. Donations of wine and/or gift certificates can be given to Linda Sherman at anytime.

Nancy McKarney has created business cards for VIVA and asked that everyone take some to put on counters of local businesses as a way to get the word out about the event. They will be available at our Friday meetings.


Bob Putney introduced Fire Captain, Emily Torlano who has been with the Cam- bria Fire Department since 2000. She received her paramedics license in 2004 and was promoted to Captain in 2015. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Safety Administration and is working on her Masters in Organizational Leadership.

Emily began by introducing Michael Castellanos, a Cambria native and Engineer with the Department. Engineers are required to be certified fire fighter as well as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s). She also introduced Reserve Fire- fighter, Leo Salas.

The Cambria Fire Department was established in 1886 and is the 2nd oldest in San Luis Obispo County. In addi- tion to fighting fires, the department provides advanced life support, ocean and cliff rescue, hydrant mainte- nance (there are 460 of them) as well as rescuing people locked out of their cars, changing batteries in smoke and CO2 detectors and fire weed abatement. The Department recently lost a grant that enabled them to hire additional personnel but they are working on a new grant.

Training requirements have gotten much stricter. There are fewer people willing to be reserve firefighters (part- time) or volunteers because they are required to complete 1700 hours of training. As a result, there are only 12

reserves on the books.

Emily also reminded everyone to register with NIXLE to get community alerts and notifications. To register, simply text your zip code to the number 888-777. She also brought Cambria Area Fire Evacuation Plan brochures for anyone who would like one.

When asked why so many personnel respond to 911 calls, Emily explained that the fire engine must be “at the ready” in case of emergency so the 3 personnel assigned to each engine need to stay together. She also advised anyone noticing cars parked in such a way as to block access to a street, to contact the fire de- partment. They will send someone out to have the car(s) moved.

Fire hydrants need to be maintained on a regular basis because they can rust making it nearly impossible to operate. In an emergency situation, every minute counts so it is important that hydrants be maintained, although maintaining 460 hydrants is no easy task.

We actually went past our usual ending time because it was such a great presentation and there were so many questions. Thanks to Emily and her crew for taking the time to tell us about the Cambria Fire Department.

Janet Meyers introduced our speaker, Dr. Alex Erickson. Doctor Alex, along with his wife and fellow veterinarian, Casey Erickson, purchased Cambria Veterinary Clinic in January 2016. Dr. Alex is a second generation veterinarian, his father having been practicing for over 40 years. Alex literally grew up in the veterinary world since his dad’s clinic was right next door to their home. He jokes he was cleaning kennels soon after learning to walk. Alex attended Kansas State University and obtained his Doctorate from UC Davis Veterinary School in 2008. It was while at Davis that he met his future wife, Casey. The are the proud parents of 4 year old Nora and 2 year old Thomas.

Dr. Alex began his talk by inviting anyone with questions to feel free to interrupt
him. A number of our pet loving members did just that. Alex explained that cats
are usually considered seniors at 8 years while dogs depend on the breed. Arthritis is probably the most com- mon ailment in senior pets. Common symptoms include more sleeping than normal, pet stops jumping up to greet you, has trouble jumping into the car, going up or down stairs and doesn’t want to be pet (a sign of pain).

He explained that a Belgium study on senior pets showed that pets who had not seen a vet in over a year can be found to be suffering from numerous ailments that could have been prevented.

He also told us that there is no proof that grain-free diets are beneficial to pets. Fewer than 1% of dogs have grain allergies. He encouraged pet owners to look for foods that indicate they are good for your pet’s age group. Asked about cat food, he said cats do benefit from moisture so wet food or dry food wettened with water or broth is encouraged.

Thank you Dr. Alex for a fun (he has a great sense of humor) and informative talk.


Emphasize Service Above Self

Program Suggestions

Create full year Club Calendar.

Programs tied to Monthly Theme where possible.

Give more information to member about programs.

Ease workload on Program Chair, who will keep the calendar up-to-date as Programs change.




President Mike’s Step Down Party

Everyone turned a wee bit Irish in honor of our departing president. Our

club’s motto was on full display throughout the room: If it ain’t fun, it ain’t Rotary! And there was no lack of blarney in the room!

Kudos to everyone involved in this “production”. What a fantastic send-off for President Mike. Otis, as producer, director and choreographer did a stellar job. Behind the scenes, Heidi, Kate and Karen had their hands in everything. You had everyone in tears laughing.

Thanks to our intrepid photographers Elaine Beckham, Patty Griffin & Sue Oberholtzer for the photos and to Linda Sherman for providing the music for the evening.

click the Title at the top of the page "President Mike's Step Down Dinner" for links to photos and puppet theater



Janet Meyers introduced our speaker, Anne Wyatt, executive director of HomeShareSLO, a housing policy planner and former County of SLO planning commissioner. Anne enjoyed life in Cambria while operating the Bridge Street Inn from 1997 to 2011.

Anne began by telling us that HomeShareSLO is a local non-profit that facilitates home
share matches between those with an extra room and those looking for affordable
housing. The organization was started in 2017 as a service to seniors living alone in San
Luis Obispo County. There are over 11,000 single seniors in the county and probably just
under 500 in Cambria alone. The average income for single senior women is $1100 a
month. The program helps to share the ideas of home sharing, brings people and rooms together and performs extensive background checks on renters. A minimum income is required for home seekers and there is a multi-part matching process. Why home share? Besides the extra income, it can provide companionship, security, community building and likely allow you to stay in your home longer. For more information, go to

It was a very interesting presentation. Thank you Anne.

Pres. Mike, as one of his last chores as President, took time to thank a number of people who helped make his year as President a successful one by gifting them with a copy of Be Mindful & Stress Less by Gina M. Biegel. This book was ded- icated to Mike’s nephew, Tomas, who committed suicide a couple of years ago. This is a topic on many people’s minds lately so this book is very meaningful.

Thanks went to PE Roger (probably for taking over so Mike could finally rest), Secretary Julia Rice, Treasurer Bonnie Cameron (who received a
standing ovation for her many years as chief bean counter); Otis Archie, PR; Donna Crocker, Family of Rotary who said she hopes we don’t get sick because she like writing happy notes; Ron Perry, Sergeant at Arms for ringing him in every week; Janet Meyers, for providing great programs all year; Mary Ann Carson, Community Service; Bob Putney, TRF, and Richard Torcia, Youth Services. He will catch up with a few others, who were not in attendance, at the next meeting.

Pres. Mike ended the meeting with a quote from JK Rowling, “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other”. A wise man, our President!

Janet Meyers introduced Michael Bradley, Chief Executive Officer of the California Mid State Fair. He is a 4th generation Californian and provides a unique combination of fairs and exposition management, non-profit leadership and business development; he’s de- veloped an extensive background in agriculture and hands-on experience in marketing and community relations. Most recently he has directed the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix as the CEO.

Mike told us that the Fair began having entertainment in 1969 with Buck Owens as the
first artist. This year’s entertainment will include some of the biggest names in the industry including Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Eric Church and Pitbull, to name a few.

50% of attendees come from outside a 50 mile radius and 440,000 people attend annually. Because of this, it was decided to adopt a new slogan, “America’s Favorite Fair”.

The mission of the California Mid State Fair Heritage Foundation is to preserve and enrich the heritage of the 16th District Agricultural Association and showcase agricultural industries to the community; to offer support to the 4-H and FFA projects and create agricultural education opportunities; maintain a standard of excellence in the facilities and create capital improvement opportunities and to serve as an arm of the California Mid-State Fair that can accept charitable donations. A new building, the Paso Robles Pavilion, is a 100,000 square foot building which was a gift from the Heritage Foundation. The building will only house events related to the Fair and agri- culture, but can serve as shelter during natural disasters.

One of the main goals of the Fair is to give kids a learning experience. Many under the age of 40, according to Mike, believe milk comes from the grocery store. California produces more food than Iowa and Texas combined. Future Farmers of America (FFA) is the largest single youth organization in the country with over 85,000 students in California FFA clubs alone!

At the end of his presentation, Mike advised us that 2 tickets to any non-sold out performance, either for the 2018 or 2019 Fair would be donated to out club! Than you Mike!


We welcomed back former club member Maleika Lacey who told us about the health benefits of Essential Oils. She is a representative of dōTERRA, a company built on the mission of sharing therapeutic-grade essential oils with the world. Having seen for themselves the incredible benefits that can be had from using these precious resources, a group of health-care and busi- ness professionals set out to make this mission a reality.

Maleika also told us about the dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation® which
brings healing and hope to the world by providing global communities with the tools needed to become self- reliant.

Through projects addressing the needs of microcredit lending; access to healthcare, education, sanitation and clean water; and fighting child sex-trafficking, individuals are empowered and lives are changed. Join us in these efforts.

The dōTERRA Healing Hands Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organiza-

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Community Service: Chair, Mary Ann Carson told us about the committee determines where
the donations will go based on the following criteria: does the community want it, does the com-
munity need it and does the community support it. This year, the donations were given to Youth
Support: Sober Grad ($400); CUHS Bronco Boosters ($550); CYAA ($250); 5th Grade Field Trip to
Yosemite ($250); Cub Scouts ($250); Cambria Education Foundation ($400); CASA ($400); ART Beat
Homework Club ($1,000); Santa Lucia Middle School Leadership Class ($100). For Veteran Support:
American Legion Flag Memorial/Fireworks ($250); Operation Holiday Package ($250). Other Community Support Projects included CERT ($550); Feed the Needy ($1,000); Maintenance of Rotary Trash Can ($360); Special Olym- pics/Tip A Cop (300); Peace Poles at Vet’s Hall and each of the schools ($1,500). So, if anyone asks you what Ro- tary does for the community, let them know that we have donated over $8,000 to organizations and groups dedi- cated to making life better for all of us. And, if you have any ideas for donation that you would like to see made, bring them to the Community Service meeting. The group meets in the lounge at the Lodge at 11:00 on the 2nd Friday of the month.

Youth Services: Chair, Richard Torchia spoke about the 4-Way Test Essay Contest for7th grad- ers. About 40 essays were submitted this year and cash awards were given to the 3 best essays. In addition, 6-$1,000 scholarships were given to graduating students at Coast Union High School this year and 5 students were sent to RYLA this year. He was pleased to advise us that Ken Cooper and a few of his friends are donating the funds to send an additional 4 students to RYLA next year!

Vocational Service: Chair, Joe Morrow said Rotary began by people getting together
to talk about what they could do to make the world better and to use their skills to help.
The Vocational Service committee is actually a committee of 2, according to Joe, and
without that second committee member, a lot of what was done this year would not have
happened. He asked Otis Archie, his partner in crime, to come up to take a bow. This
committee of 2 organized the Back to School Breakfast for teachers and staff of Coast
Unified, organized the Interact students to serve dinner with flair to attendees of VIVA and put on a great Chamber Mixer. Joe will be passing the torch to Laudon Rowan on July 1. Willing to help Laudon? Let her know. She would sure appreciate the assistance.

Membership: Chair, Chris Cameron reminded us of the importance of membership. To be effective, a Rotary club needs members. We all need to look around at friends, neighbors, members of other groups you belong to and co-workers to see if any of them might make a good member of our club and invite them to a meeting. John Hewko, General Secretary of Rotary International said “Our organizational priority is, and must be, membership...without members, there would be no Rotary. If we can achieve so much with the clubs and members we currently have, what could we do if we had more?” Chris will be passing the gavel to Nancy McKarney next year. If you have ideas for recruiting new members, be sure to share them with Nancy.

Jane Howard, International Service Chair passing the leadership of to Gerry Porter next year. The main goal of the committee it to offer
assistance to projects that are sustainable following the principle of “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." Some of the sustainable projects the committee took on this year were: Project Peanut Butter in Sierra Leone ($2100 towards a global grant). This project teaches people to make a ready-to-use therapeutic peanut butter-like substance to treat SAM (severe acute malnutrition), the single largest cause of child death in the world today. Lords Meade Vocational College near Jinja, Uganda, with the aim of providing quality post-primary comprehensive education for disadvantaged children of Uganda and surrounding countries. This year we sponsored two students ($1,325). Shelter Box provides emergency shelter and tools for families around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. Our club was proud to be designated as a Bronze Shelter Box Hero Club for donating $1,000 a year for the past 3 years. We have partnered with the Rotary Club of Newbury Park to provide $3500 to a Mobile Library in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The library will be dedicated in September, with Bruce and Jane Howard attending to join in the celebration! We also partnered with Rotary Club of Newbury Park to provide training and equipment for a cancer ward in Calcutta, India, and are working on a donation for a pediatric hospital in Bucharest, Romania. And we donated $1000 to a grad school in New Zealand that is offering a Peace and Conflict Resolution Graduate Degree to students such as former Cambrian, Alexandra Scrivner. There is a lot more this committee has done but, since space is limited here, feel free to sit in on a committee meeting to hear about the many projects they are working on. They meet the 3rd Friday of the month at 11:00 a.m. in the lounge at Cambria Pines Lodge.

Public Relations: Chair, Otis Archie makes sure the word gets out about the amazing things our
club is doing. Otis submits information about VIVA to the Rotarian Magazine and works with the
Cambrian to get information about the event out to the public. He is also gathering information for a
new magazine, put out by the publishers of the Rotarian Magazine, that center on a single district
within Rotary so our club’s efforts can be highlighted. Other members of the Public Relations
Committee work on social media (promoting our club via social media) and keeping our website up to
date. If you have any information you would like Otis to know about or if you would like to help out with public relations, contact Otis.

The Rotary Foundation (TRF): Chair, Bob Putney explained that The Rotary Foundation transforms our donations into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. TRF is dedicated to six things: promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies. TRF was established to put money into the bank where it will gain interest which is returned to our club. Charity Navigator has rated TRF as a 4 Star Charity, their highest level. 91% of donations are spent directly on programs. Bob thanked everyone for their donations to TRF and presented Elaine Beckham with a Paul Harris + 4 Pin. Paul Harris pins are awarded to Rotarians who give $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant . Congratulations, Elaine!

The Cambria Rotary Club Foundation: Chair, Mike Griffin thanked club members who have donated to the Club Foundation by either becoming a Neal Jensen Fellow and joined the Neal Jensen Circle. Mike applauded his better half, Patty Griffin, for all her amazing and awesome work on behalf of the Cambria Rotary Foundation. The Object of Rotary is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise.” Rotary is a service organization. Since 1910, the Rotary Motto has been “Service Above Self.”

Rotary strives to achieve it’s objective of “Service Above Self” through activities in five primary areas. These are often referred to as the Five Avenues of Service.

If any of the Avenues of Service covered at the meeting sound interesting to you, contact the chair. They would love to have more help and input from fellow Rotarians. And, making a difference feels so darn good!

Tom Tierney, Gerry Porter, and Tim Carr installed the Rotary Club of Cambria Peace Pole at the Vets Hall on Saturday, May 5th.


Cambria Rotary Club RYLA coordinator Jane Howard began with a brief overview: RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. CUHS Counselor Cheryl Seay helps with student selection, alerting students to application deadlines and arranging interview dates and times. Most students are juniors when they apply and attend. This year there were 5 juniors and 1 sophomore from Coast Union H.S. RYLA is conducted for 4 days at Camp Yomah in Ojai. Cristel Chesney, Laudon Rowen and Elaine Beckham drove the students to and from the camp. Jane praised the leadership of the camp: Darin Arrasmith is the chairperson and our own Nancy McKarney is his very capable administrator. Jane brought Tim Carr up to the podium to be recognized as the 2018 Most Outstanding RYLA

Counselor. About 250 attended RYLA this spring, April 19-22. Five RYLA graduates attended the Rotary luncheon. Student Testimonies about RYLA:

ZACK AZEVEDO---He was worried about a specific student ending up in his cabin. As it turned out, this particular student was a terrific person and lots of fun.

TORI EHLERS---She learned that 20 seconds of confidence such as smiling to someone can be life changing. In her Diversity class she learned that everyone was unique, and she learned how to reach out to fellow students.

FIONA CLOWARD---She learned that it was physically impossible to complete the obstacles of the Ropes Course without relying on, and having trust in, your fellow students. She learned that it was important to take the time to listen to other students’ stories. And she learned not to give up on her


CESAR HERNANDEZ---He felt shy about mixing with new people at first. He tried to hang out with his friends the first day. But by the evening of the first day he found himself bonding with some new friends on his color team and in his cabin. He learned from Camp Director Darin to “take off your cool card” and be yourself. Cesar especially enjoyed the goal setting class and will use the notes he wrote in his binder. He concluded that the four days of RYLA were the best time of his life.

EMMA SISON—Emma said she could describe RYLA in one word---REFRESHING Emma admitted that she started at camp with a bad attitude. At first she worried that no one she knew was on her color team or in her cabin. But then she bonded with two new friends who are still in communication. She was sad to return home from RYLA, but realized a responsibility to share this inspirational experience with those who did not attend. She felt that the RYLA experience can bring out your “inner leader”.

Congratulations to the 2018 RYLA Graduates!

The purpose of the Four-Way Test Speech Contest is to foster ethics in everyday life, as well as in business. The contest is designed to introduce middle school students to the Rotary principles of ethics and service, and to involve local Rotary Clubs with the youth of their communities. It also is aimed at encouraging young people to learn to express themselves well in public. In nearly every profession, the ability to express one’s thoughts and ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively is an important skill.

This year, about 40 students submitted essays. Richard Torchia, Youth Services Chair, along with Joan Broadhurst, Gail Ortenburger and Sue Robinson reviewed each of the essays and selected the 3 best.

If one of the goals of the Four Way Test Essay Contest is to encourage young people to learn to express themselves in public, it appears to have worked in this case. These three students, led off by a funny, charming and well- spoken and 7th grader, Eli Linn and followed by two of his articulate classmates, Zaul Vasquez and Shanyra Cardenas. It was a pleasure to welcome these three local students to our meeting.


Janet Meyers introduced our speakers, Dr. Laurie Moyer-Mileur, a Registered Dietician and research professor at University of Utah School of Medicine and Barbara Bronson Gray, Vice President of Cambria Community Healthcare District, registered nurse and managing editor at WebMd, among other accomplishments.

Laurie began by telling us that she is legally blind (then proceeded in telling a few blind jokes (we need this lady in Rotary) and was recently approved for a guide dog. She explained that the process of getting medical care to Cambria was a 6-step process:

#1 Define the need: It was determined that Cambria, San Simeon and the surrounding area are medically underserved. For our population of 7500 people 4-6 full-time caregivers are needed. 80% of respondents to a survey on healthcare said more options are needed.

#2 Options Available to Meet Needs: When the Community Health Center was approached about providing more medical personnel, the result was actually a decrease of 2 doctors. Dr. Gong only works 4 days a week and Dr. Dave Griffith provides house call services only for severely ill, immobile patients. So we reached out to Tenet and Dignity Health.

#3 Infrastructure: Tenet agreed to provide services but needed space. First Physicians Partners signed a lease with John & Renee Linn for the full downstairs portion of the medical building on Main St. 

Permits have been pulled and a September opening is planned.

#4 Expect Resistance: Barbara told us they were surprised when they met with resistance, saying “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. She told us of someone who actually contacted First Physicians Partners urging them not to come to Cambria.

#5 Expect Problems: The original site selected for a medical facility was the old Heritage Oaks building but that did not work out. After signing the Lease with the Linn’s, the permit process was held up due to a new computer system slowing down the process.

#6 Communication: It is important to keep everyone up to date, listen to their stories and focus on the end zone. The new facility will have a full time doctor plus staff, will have extended hours and Saturday hours to accommodate working people. There has recently been interest in setting up an Urgent Care facility her also.

Thanks to both Laurie and Barbara for this interesting and important presentation and for all the work they have done to bring healthcare to Cambria.

Dr. Jim Brescia introduced our speaker, Daniel Williams, RPM Supervisor, Grizzly Youth Academy.

Daniel Williams explained that Grizzly Youth Academy (GYA) is a partnership between the California Na onal Guard and the Grizzly Challenge Charter School. For youth between the ages of 16 and 18 who have dropped out of high school, or are at-risk of dropping out, we offer a highly-structured environment that promotes leadership, cooperayion, and academic skills, while building self-esteem, pride, and confidence.

Cadet Raul, a 17 year old from Santa Maria, told us that, while in public school, he had a grade point average of 0.17. He did
not care about school and had no life goals. He was constantly scared and nervous. When his guidance counselor told him
about Grizzly, he decided to give it a try. He explained how hard it was, at first, getting up at 5 a.m. and jogging to class but
the program has changed his life. He said he was concerned about returning home after graduation, worried that things
might be different, but he said he soon realized that the only thing that changed was himself. He is proud to say his gpa is now at 3.8 and he is looking forward to a promising future.

Matching cadets with a caring, responsible mentor is one of the most important components of the Grizzly Youth Academy experience. The mentor acts as an anchor of support to the cadet during their 5 1⁄2 month residential phase and continues supporting him/her throughout their 12 month post-residential phase (a total of 17 1⁄2 months). The mentor is key to a graduate’s successful transition to employment and/or continuing education. An established goal for all students is to complete a My Action Plan (MAP). This life plan is a guide for the Mentor and the Cadet to follow after graduation 


Mentoring responsibilities are fully communicated in the mandatory one-day Mentor Training session (see dates below). The Grizzly Youth Academy o ers this training mul ple mes each class, only requiring mentors to a end ONE session. If anyone is interested in mentoring a cadet, contact Grizzly Youth Academy at 1-800-926-0643 or go on line to h ps://

Bob Kasper stepped up to be the auctioneer for the Interact Bake Sale. John Ehlers bought a strawberry cake for $150 and donated it back to sell again. Otis re-gifted a chocolate and vanilla cake he had bought for $100. Chris Cameron and Cynthia Neer joined together to purchase a cake with lots of candy for $150. Laudon Rowan bought a cake for $110. Michael O’Sullivan bought a Mexican chocolate cake for $200. Joan Broadhurst bought an orange cake for $210. Miguel Sandoval bought a vanilla and chocolate cake for $120. Socorro Simons bought a $400 chocolate strawberry cake which she donated to O s. The top buyer of the day was Christel Chesney who bought a carrot cake for $450 and four cupcakes for $100.0 each. Gerry Porter reported that over $3500 was earned for the Interact Club from this bake sale.

Barbara Burns introduced our speaker, Dan Dow, District Attorney of San Luis Obispo County. Our County District She told us that Dan is also a proud Rotarian of the San Luis Obispo Club.

Dan made sure Sheri Dick saw that he was wearing his Rotary pin. Dan spoke about the subject
of human trafficking in our county, as well as reviewing this globally (46 million are enslaved!).
Rotary International has established an on-line site with informa on, called Rotary Action Group About Slavery: The FBI says that slavery is the fastest growing crime, especially in California and even here in SLO County. The average age for sex slavery is 16, with children even younger than 12 being trafficked by gangs. Dan reported that it is very lucrative and that there is a demand in our county, a major, major issue here. Also, labor trafficking is happening here. Law enforcement has been educated about this since 2014 and now Rotary is involved, with our District Governor John Weiss supportive.

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Annika Wharton gave us a quick over- view of the local FFA program. She has been raising a pig that will be shown at the Mid State Fair and then will be auctioned off. Funds raised in the auction will help fund the FFA Program at the high school. Miguel Sandoval, Chair of Community Services presented Annika with a check for $150 to help with expenses related to raising the pig.

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December 2018
Member Birthdays:
  • Belinda Troutner
    January 11
  • Mike Griffin
    January 13
  • Elaine Beckham
    January 18
  • Paul Young
    January 21
  • Julie Jenkins
    January 23
  • Janet Meyers
    December 9
  • Richard Torchia
    December 29