THE ROTARY CLUB OF CAMBRIA IN PERSON EVENT COVID 19 POLICY

The Rotary Club of Cambria continues to follow San Luis Obispo County Health requirements and recommendations regarding COVID-19. In keeping with ever-changing circumstances and therefore Public Health recommendations, our club will continue with hybrid (Zoom and in person) meetings, as well as continue to recommend that all members be vaccinated (including boosters). However, proof of vaccination will no longer be required for in-person attendance for members or guests. Further, our club strongly recommends that all in-person attendees, whether vaccinated or non-vaccinated, wear masks when indoors and not actively eating or drinking. Thank you for your patience and consideration.``
 
This policy is subject to change at any time as the situation changes. 
Signage at check-in will also reflect this policy and any changes in this policy each week
 
 
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Cambria

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Fridays at 12:00 PM
San Simeon Lodge
9520 Castillo
San Simeon, CA 93452
United States of America
Hybrid Meeting Schedule: Lunch is at Noon & Zoom feed opens at 12:15 prior to the meeting opening. Cambriarotaryclub@gmail.com 805 769 4749
Speakers
Bob Putney
May 20, 2022
Fire Safety
FAB 50 Friday
May 27, 2022
Greg Mora
Jun 03, 2022
Direct Relief
Emma Wharton
Jun 17, 2022
FFA
FAB 50 Friday
Jun 24, 2022
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5 of this year’s RYLA graduates came to our meeting along with their parents, each telling us about their experience.

Two of the graduates had baseball finals and one joined us via Zoom.

Estrella Merced told us that she was pretty scared going in but quickly got out of her comfort zone

and explored her boundaries. She developed close bonds with many other students she met there.

She thanked Rotary for giving her an amazing experience.

Alejandra Quintero said she loved meeting so many new people and learning new things. She enjoyed

public speaking because it is something she was not comfortable doing prior to going to RYLA. RYLA

really challenged me in a good way, she said.

Ashley Merced thanked us for the honor to speak to us. She said she went into RYLA with few expectations.

RYLA forced her to be open minded and she learned a lot about herself. She realized

that anything is possible if you try. She learned new ways to be a leader and is looking forward to

inspiring others.

Jacob Althen told us about all the amazing people he met and how he felt welcomed by everyone. It

gave him must more confidence and he is sure, going forward, he will be much more open to meeting

new people and experiencing new things.

Emma Wharton told us how, on just the 2nd day, her color group was asked to gather together

for a group picture. She said it was a pretty awkward photo because nobody knew each other so

they kept their distance from each other. On the last day, they again were asked to pose as a

group. Everyone was smiling and hugging and looked like they had known each other for years!

She said RYLA taught her to be herself and to put herself out there.

Sabas Melgar told us, via audio, that it was hard for him to explain the experience only that it was amazing. People

had such energy! The class on diversity was his favorite.

Mark Ober told us that it was his privilege to work on

the 4-Way Test Essay project. He thanked Whit Donaldson,

Middle School Language Arts teacher and

Laura Weaver, CUHS English teacher for encouraging

their students to participate. This was the first year

that the high school participated and, even though it

was a voluntary assignment, 18 students participated.

He also thanked Donna and Julian Crocker, Lorienne

Schwenk and Nancy McKarney for reading all 43 essays

and selecting the 6 winners. It was not an easy

task! The students had to expose themselves by telling

about mistakes they have made and how they

might have done things differently had they known

abut and followed the 4-Way Test. Each student did a

commendable job. When the students were reading their essays, you could hear a pin drop in the room.

These kids sure made us proud.

The winners from the Middle School were: Kevin Merced, 3rd place; Weston Gustafson, 2nd place and,

Dereck Quintero, 1st place. At the high school, the winning essays were Ethan Wade, 11th grade, 3rd

place; Shanyra Cardenas, 11th grade, 2nd place andSean Schalk, 9th grade, 1st place. Ethan Wade was unable to attend because he was at RYLA

atty proudly introduced her sister-in-law, Sharon Casey, telling us that, in addition to being a guide dog puppy trainer, Sharon is controller of the family business, Casey Printing.

Sharon told us that “Patty”, her current puppy, is the 15th puppy
she has raised over the past 16 years. Sharon is also the leader of
the Salinas Puppy Raisers covering Monterey County. Patty is 14
months old and is wearing a green jacket and a gentle lead. Sharon
always carries kibbles with her so it can be used for positive rein-
forcement. Guide Dogs for the Blind breeds their own dogs and most are black or yellow labs. They look for specific traits in their dogs. Foremost, they need to be adaptable since they go from living with and bonding with their trainer then to a campus for more extensive training before being assigned to assisting a blind or vision impaired person. They need to be aware of their surroundings so they can keep their “person” from danger. Sharon gave us an example

of a blind person running into a partially closed garage door before he received a guide dog. The dog would need to be aware enough to stop a person from running into a hazard. Not all dogs will pass the rigid requirements for becoming a guide dog. Some will wind up in the breeding program while others are adopted, often by their pup- py trainer.

According to their website, at Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB), we believe that everyone deserves to move through the world safely and confidently—to live the life they want to live. Our passionate community employs innovative practices to create life-changing partnerships. And, we advocate for the policy reforms that change how the world views blindness and disability. Because when everyone is empowered to participate, our communi- ties are stronger.

With world-class client services and a robust network of instructors, puppy raisers, donors, and volunteers, we prepare highly qualified guide dogs, provide guide dog readiness skills, and offer youth pro-
grams to empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired. GDB not only improves
mobility for our clients, we further inclusion.

As the largest guide dog school in North America, more than 16,000 guide dog teams have graduated from GDB from across the U.S. and Canada since our founding in 1942. All of the services for our clients are provided free of charge, including personalized training and ex- tensive post-graduation support, plus financial assistance for veterinary care, if needed. Our work is made possible by the generous support of our donors and volunteers; we receive no government funding.

Thank you Sharon and Patty for a fascinating presentation.

Janet Meyers told us that we were here to celebrate Suzette

Morrow, art teacher at Santa Lucia Middle School and Coast

Union High School. Suzette holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s

degree in Fine Arts and has been teaching for 30 years.

Suzette told us that students 10-18 years old in her art classes

participated in the project. As part of the curriculum, they discussed

what peace is and what peace means to them. Students

were then asked to design a picket with that in mind.

Some chose to design their pickets with scenes that they see as

peaceful while others used animals to show how different species

get along.

Suzette thanked Rotary for the opportunity to participate in

this project saying that Rotary has contributed more to the student’s

education by getting them engaged in school and creating

a culture for our school and community.

Paula Porter, on behalf of the Peace Builders Committee presented Suzette with a

certificate of appreciation and announced that the committee made a gift to the

Rotary Foundation in her name and presented her with a Paul Harris pin.

Mark your calendars: We will be honoring and congratulating the students for their

outstanding work promoting art and expressions of positivity and celebrating art

teacher, Suzette for her outstanding lesson plan and guidance at a Peace Picket

Kickoff Celebration on Saturday, April 9 from 11 to 1 at the Cambria Historical Museum.

Suzette told is that the students and their parents are really excited about

this since they have not had a public showing or their artwork for a couple of years

due to COVID.

Paula also told us that the Peace Pole on the stage is from their home and, if you are interested, you

can purchase one online at PeacePoleProject.org.

Thanks to Suzette for what most of us thought was one of the best presentations we have had in a long

time. And thanks to the Peace Builder’s Committee for a project that is getting tons of attention all

around town and beyond.

 

 

Cassandra brings a wealth of programmatic expertise and has a proven track record of building local partnerships to catalyze positive change. Prior to join-ing The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, she served as a Grants Officer for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation collaborating across the organization to align program strategy and values. Additionally, Cassandra was the Program Manager for Scholarships and Grants at Hum-boldt Area Foundation. During her tenure at Humboldt Area Foundation, she co-founded Youth Engaged in Philanthropy, a leadership academy that sup-ports youth to develop their leadership voice through the power of philan-thropy. 

Cassandra holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and history from Universi-ty of Hawaii at Manoa, a graduate certificate in advanced project manage-ment from Stanford University. In 2021, Cassandra was awarded by Pacific Coast Business Times “40 Under 40” for her work with The Community Foun-dation San Luis Obispo County. She lives in Morro Bay with her husband Georgy and her dog Luna. 

Cassandra presented a slide show about the Foundation and it is attached to the newsletter email. But, the best part of her presentation was her announcement of the establishment of the Julian Crocker Community Scholarship Fund which will support career technical education; and students transferring from a 2-year to a 4-year university. Needless to say, nobody was more shocked by this announcement than Julian himself. And Donna was seen wiping away some tears. We are all so proud of Julian for this well deserved honor after dedicating years to edu-cating our youth and serving on the Foundation board 

 

Pres. Patty told us that she sat with Heide for about 3 hours putting together the slide show and she learned so much about this amazing woman. Some words come to mind: resilience, creativity, determination, curiosity. 

Heide told us that her family was from Berlin and had to escape during the Russian invasion when their home was destroyed. Heide’s mom took her older sister Hel-ga (14 years older than Heide) and sister Doris (10 years older) to Marienbad, a town on the border of the Czech Republic and Germany where, shortly after, Heide was born. Heide’s mom was dealing with health issues at the time so older sister Helga basically raised Heide. 

When she was 4, her family returned to Berlin to reunite with her father. He was an amazing man who served in WWI where he was shot 8 times and was exposed to mustard gas. They lived in a small town where her dad was in charge of a camp for Russian soldiers. At the time, there were only women in town because the men were off fighting so the fields could not be planted. He had the Russian soldiers plant the fields so the women would have food, which they shared with the soldiers. He also used to ride around on his bike collecting pinecones from which he collected the seeds so the forest could be replanted. He also collected apples and pears during the summer, had them made into juice so children would have access to fruit in the winter. 

Sadly, when Heide was 10, her dad passed away leaving her heartbroken. To help her take her mind off the loss of her father, she was sent, by train, to school in Sweden where she got to see the Alps and experience live in another country. When she was 12, she returned home and the family relocated to the larger town of Hano-ver where Heide could receive a better education, learning both English and French. To help with expenses at the time, her mother would rent out rooms in their house to students from Turkey. One of the students was a boy named Engin. After he returned to Turkey, he sent a letter to Heide and her mom inviting them to visit he and his family in Turkey. Engin came from a large family who had a beautiful home and a large ranch. Heide and her mom were treated like family while they were there and 4 years later, she and Engin married. They moved to Munich where Heide was first exposed to computers. She read about classes being offered and read-ily took them and became quite good at computer programming. Engin always dreamed of moving to the Unit-ed States. At the time, the wait for a German to immigrate was years. However, since Heide was born in Mari-enbad which at that time was part of Czechoslovakia, she was considered Czechoslovakian and was issued a visa. After spending some time in Rochester, NY, Heide finally came to California. 

Thanks for a very interesting presentation, Heide. We look forward to hearing more about your amazing life. 

Mike Griffin invited Julie Jenkins, President of the Cambria Rotary Foundation to come up to the stage. He told her that he met a lady, Joan Kirby, while out walking his dogs. They chatted a bit and he told her about Rotary and our Foundation. The next time he ran into her, she handed him a $100 donation to the Foundation. Mike gladly turned that over to Julie.

Mike then invited Miguel Sandoval, Roger & Sue and Frank Colatruglio to the stage and presented them with a certificate naming them members of the Neal Jensen Fellowship. He then invited the newest Legacy Fellow, Dennis White, to the stage. Dennis gave a shout out to Mike for the great job he is doing “leading the choir”.

Mike explained how the Foundation handles donated funds. The principle

is never spent but is invested. Part of the interest generated from this in- vestment is used each year to fund our Avenues of Service.

Patty, speaking especially to new members and guests, reminded us that some people can give money, some can give blood, services, leadership and/or ideas. We value it all! She then went on to introduce our Vocation- al Services Chair, Elaine Beckham.

Elaine told us about her first Vocational event, CUSD Teacher Breakfast held in August. She thanked the 23 club members who cut, chopped, cracked, whipped, cleaned and served breakfast for 107 adults on that morning. Because of COVID, the breakfast had to be moved outside so we were unable to do the set-up the day before. But it turned out great! Elaine asked everyone involved to stand and be thanked.

Elaine then told us that we would be co-hosting a Chamber Mixer with Todd Clift of Moon- stone Cellars, in the patio of the winery on June 1st from 5:30—6:00. Todd will be provid- ing the wine and Rotary will provide the food.

Finally, Elaine told us about the Vocational Service Award for which she is accepting appli-
cation. This is to honor an individual for meritorious conduct or service in his/her profes-
sional/vocational occupation. The service can be for individuals or organization but not for a Rotarian. Elaine will be accepting nominations through the end of the month.

 

Bruce started by talking about peace and ab out Ukraine. In 1950, shortly after World War II, some German and French Rotarians met in Strasbourg with a goal of building peace and under-standing. Together they made a gamble to emerge from tragedy through intelligence. What re-sulted from their talks was Rotary’s first-ever Intercountry Committee, or ICC. Jane Howard is the first ICC Chair for our District and also the National ICC Chair for United States/India. The US/Ukraine ICC was set to be chartered 2 weeks ago but the war has postponed that. However, Belgium/Ukraine ICC and French/Ukraine ICC are mobilizing to send money and supplies to Kyiv to assist the steady stream of refugees leaving Ukraine. Rotary has boots on the ground. It is because of Rotary members world-wide who, through their membership, have helped in this effort. 

Bruce presented Paul Harris Awards to Otis Archie (PH+4); Rick Auricchio (PH+4); Bob Kasper (PH+7); Nancy McKarney (PH+8); Mark Ober (PH+1); Dennis Rightmer (PH+2); Linda Sherman (PH+5); and, Tom Tierney (PH+1). 

Bruce reminded us that it is because of generous donations to Polio Plus that we have gone from 1,000 cases of Polio a day in the early 1980’s to 5 cases world-wide last year and 2 so fat this year. 

Gerry Porter introduced Erin Groble, The Rotary Foundation Planned Giving Officer, via Zoom. Erin explained that Gifts to Rotary's Endowment ensure that future Rotarians will have the resources they need to design and implement sustainable projects year after year. For more infor-mation about the endowment fund, go to rotary.org/legacy. You can also view Erin’s Power Point presentation attached to this email. She can also be contacted by email at erin.groble@rotary.org. Thank you Erin for speaking to us today and for doing it with very little notice! 

Gerry also welcomed, for the 3rd time, Ken DeCroo, author of the Almost Human series of books. Ken recently finished his 3rd book in the series, Becoming Human, a story about when three families are viciously massacred in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, and three young girls disappear, Dr. Ken Turner and his colleagues sus-pect the hybrid creatures they discovered in the jungles of Africa who were kidnapped by shady government agents. They find themselves back in pursuit of the half-human, half-chimpanzee creatures, and their missing colleague Dr. Melon. Their quest begins, at risk to their careers and reputations, in the little town of Willow Creek and the surrounding Trinity Forest where the mythical bigfoot is said to roam. Who or what will they find? Ken agreed to visit us in person on one of his next trips to the West Coast. 

 

Nick Rasmussen is the current CEO of Habitat for Humanity for San Luis Obispo and has served in this position for two years. He is a graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois) and has an M.S. in Clinical Psychology and has 25 years of experience in the Social Service sector. Prior to joining Habitat, Nick was Executive Director for a non-profit in Los Angeles that focused on affordable housing, specifically for newly homeless families. He is originally from Eu-gene, Oregon and is pleased to call San Luis Obispo his new home. 

Thank you Nick for an informative and inspiring presentation. 

 

A total of 14 baked goods were entered into this year’s Bake Sale. Interact President Lisi Happel, Vice President Caiden Kennedy and Secretary Emmy Johnson along with Faculty Advisor Ayan Johnson presented a slide show of all the creations. Auctioneer Bob Kasper joked and cajoled until every baked good was sold. In the end, a total of $5,770was raised for Interact. The student’s slide show is attached to this email for those who could not attend. Be prepared to have your mouth watering when you see some of these creations! 

 

Bill is Rotary Relations Manager for ShelterBox USA and Member OF Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Ca. D5180. 

His presentation with the speaker notes is attached to this email and his notes are be in a little box at top left of each slide, except on a few slides with no notes. 

Website: https://www.shelterboxusa.org 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shelterboxusa 

ShelterBox USA Annual Reports: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/financials/ 

Syria a decade of conflict and ShelterBox humanitarian interventions (webinar recorded 3/31/21). 

https://youtu.be/-5w1oP9QRXc 

10 things you need to know about the Syrian conflict - ShelterBox USA 

HERO Club info: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/hero 

Volunteer opportunities https://www.shelterboxusa.org/volunteer 

 

Community Service: Sue share that we really need eyes and ears out there to keep us up to date on ways we can service the community. Many of the programs we work with now were brought to our attention by mem-bers. Shari Long suggested asking people to bring canned goods to meetings so we can donate them. This is some-thing that was done in the past and was popular. Sandy Cho mentioned that there is a need for connectivity for kids with poor internet service. She volunteered to look into that for us. My connection was not good at all so I apologize for anything I missed. 

International Service: Julie told us ab out someone in one of her groups (could not get the name) who mentioned a report she saw about vertical farming that allows for 350 acres of growth in just one acre. This is something that would be extremely beneficial in places such as Zimbabwe and Julie plans to bring that idea to the committee. It was also mentioned that we aren’t keeping the club informed about projects the International Com-mittee is involved in and Julie promised to change that. 

Membership: Donna posed 2 questions to each group: What can we do to make Cambria Rotary more inclu-sive? i.e. in terms of age, race, ethnicity? What can we do to keep our members engaged? She also promised to deliver a bottle of wine to the person with the most creative answers. Donna reported that Chuck suggested we go to members who represent groups that are not well-represented in our club to identify possible members. Dick Cameron suggested asking our youngest members to identify possible members. Otis suggested finding ways to involve the Latino community such as a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Sandy Cho, a mom with 2 kids, suggested fami-ly friendly outdoor activities and collaborating with other groups. Elaine and Janet suggested putting ads in the pa-per telling people what we do. Rick Low suggested using our current members to go out and speak to people in the community about Rotary. Donna announced that she had selected Sandy Cho to receive the bottle of wine. Sandy promised to share it with possible potential members. 

Youth Service: Cynthia spoke about the possibility of having our Interact Club work with an international In-teract Club on a project. She also suggested a project for Interact related to mental illness issues among youth and getting youth more involved in arts and the community. 

 

 

 

Our very own Dr. Kate has a Bachelor’s of Science, Chemistry from University of La Verne and a Doctor of Osteopathy from Western University of Health Sciences. She did her residency at Downey Regional Medical Center. Kate, an osteopathic Physician has been in private practice since 2002. She has been on the Adjunctive Clinical Faculty at Western University of Health Sciences and on the teaching faculty at Osteopathic Center for Children, Cranial Academy and Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. 

ation. 

 

Danny Community Relations Coordinator Danny Danbom knows a thing or two about loss. In her young life, she has been the primary caregiver for her grandfather, her grandmother, and her own mother in their final months—each suffering from their own degenerative illness. "Watching their decline gave me the courage and the confi-dence to speak about illness and death," she said. "That's a trait most people struggle with." With a Bachelor's degree in Recreation & Hospitality Management and a stint in the finance industry, Danny (short for Danielle) brings a wealth of knowledge and a sincere desire to be of service to her current position at Sydney Creek. "l want to be the advocate our community needs," she said. "It's my pleasure to articulate who we are, what we do here, and how we might help." 

A copy of Danny’s Power Point Presentation is attached to this email. 

Danny COMMUNITY RELATIONS COORDINATOR 

The Village at Sydney Creek 1234 Laurel Lane, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 

(805) 543-2350 | (805) 543-1948 

Sydney Creek Lic. #405800577 Garden Creek Lic. #405800467 

 

Danny Danbon, Sydney Creek Memory Care 

 

Jennifer Adams, CEO, Lumina Alliance 

Janet Meyers introduced our speaker, Jennifer Adams explaining that she has spent the past 25 years working in the gender-based violence field. She began in 1995, when she volun-teered on the crisis line for the Women's Shelter Program (now Stand Strong). She went on to work at the local rape crisis center, training volunteers. 

From there, she became a Victim/Witness advocate, supporting victims through the criminal justice process. She became an Executive Director in 2004 with the S.A.R.P. Center, before leading the North County Women’s Shelter in 2009. In 2013, she oversaw the merger be-tween those two agencies, thus creating RISE. As a survivor herself, she is committed to em-powering and supporting survivors. 

She is a change agent with a reputation for building bridges and bringing together diverse constituencies in order to create client-centered, trauma-informed and inclusive services. Jenny has spearheaded many innovative pro-grams and is considered a visionary leader, as well as an expert in her field. She has been recognized for her efforts by the California State Legislature, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office and Cuesta Col-lege. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Cal Poly, SLO

Jenny is thrilled to lead the merger between RISE and Stand Strong. “It is an honor to work with such a committed and passionate team,” she says. “I look forward to supporting the staff and board of directors as we forge this new agency to empower survivors of sexual & intimate partner violence throughout SLO County.” Jenny loves liv-ing on the Central Coast, where she enjoys time with her family and friends, hiking, wine tasting and dancing. 

On behalf of the Community Service Committee, Sue Robinson thanked Jenny for her presentation (which is attached to this email). Sue explained that the committee decided to apply for a District Grant due to the in-crease in domestic violence brought on by the loss of jobs, kids having to resort to online learning and other stresses due to COVID. The committee approved a donation of $750 which was matched by the District grant resulting in the presentation today of a check for $1500! 

 

 

Each table was asked to discuss how to bring peace into family gatherings during the holidays especially during

COVID.

Nancy Bennett reported that her table discussed not talking about COVID or politics.

Elaine Beckham suggested being more like Rick Low (ha ha) but ended by saying that her table suggested that

we just listen.

Shari Long told us that her table suggested checking in with yourself. Be grateful for what you have; be kind

to others; communicate.

Jane Howard relayed a situation in her own family where she and her sisters got together for the normal holiday

dinner but one of the brother-in-laws is not vaccinated and nobody wanted to sit near him. It made for a

very awkward evening. The group had plans to meet again the next night with their 97 year old mother and

they were concerned about putting her at risk. So they told the brother-in-law that they love him but just

can’t have him there. It was very hard.

Paula ended the discussion by reminding us to love ourselves and understand that there are differences. Janet

added that we are the Family of Rotary despite our different nationalities, religions, political leanings.

She then wished us a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza.

 

Jenn originally began her path to becoming a healer as a Psychology student. She evolved into practicing energy and body work modalities as well as completing her 200 hour registered yoga teacher training in 2013. She com-pleted her massage therapy education in 2005 and has been a California board licensed Physician of Acupunc-ture in 2016. Jennifer has over 300 units in Medicinal studies including vigorous courses in Western Medicine and anatomy. She is currently 20 units away for obtaining her Doctorate in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Her passion and belief in her practice shine through in every treatment that is very specifically individualized taking every patient and their personal life journey into account. 

Jenn explained that herbs acupuncture can be used to treat a number of conditions such as migraines, arthritis, Fibromyalgia and muscle pain, sports injuries and nerve pain. She then demonstrated on Janet, Patty & Miguel. 

 

Dr. Alex and his wife, Dr. Casey Erickson are the owners and practicing veterinarians at Cambria Veterinary Clinic. After relocating to the Cen-tral Coast in January 2016 and purchasing Cambria Veterinary clinic, we could have not felt more welcomed into a community that truly adores their pets. We are committed to high quality medicine and patient care, and also believe that you should have a doctor for your pet that you trust to offer you guidance and options in caring for your 4-legged fami-ly member. We are hard-working, honest and compassionate when it comes to advising you on anything from preventative care to difficult end-of-life decisions. 

Dr. Alex grew up in Los Banos, California and could be found cleaning kennels and helping out at his father’s vet clinic from a young age. Following in his father’s footsteps, he attended Kansas State University for his undergraduate studies and then graduated from UC Davis Veterinary School in 2008. During veterinary school, his studies focused both on farm animal and small animal medicine. After graduating he moved to Sonora, California, at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains where he practiced at a busy small animal veterinary clinic for 8 years. Alex has addi-tional continuing education training in small animal dentistry and ultrasound. 

Dr. Alex told us that dermatology is the number one reason pets visit their veterinarian and, here on the Central Coast, there is no shortage of allergy triggers. 

Exchange students unlock their true potential to: 

• Develop lifelong leadership skills 

• Learn a new language and culture 

• Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world 

• Become a global citizen 

 

In 1982, Katherine went to Sweden as a Rotary Exchange Student and stayed with the Nilbrink family. Shortly after arriving, Anders left for the United States to begin his student exchange year. He had hoped to be sent to New York, California or Florida but wound up in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, a town just 24 miles from there Katherine’s family lived. 

When Katherine arrived in Sweden, she did not speak a word of Swedish but learned bit by bit by listening and watching tv with sub-titles. She attended Rotary meetings every week. Since, at the time, women were not allowed in Rotary, she was in the company of 50 “old men”. 

Language was not as big a problem with Anders since, in Sweden, students are taught English beginning in the 3rd grade. 

 

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