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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. 



Dick Cameron, filling in for Janet, introduced our speaker, Paula Van Zyl who was born in Glendale, CA. She moved to Africa in 2003, to volunteer with Primates in South Afri-ca then traveled up to Zambia where she met her late husband, Dan Van Zyl, who was, at the time, working for the U.N. When his contract ended in 2004, they went back to South Africa and worked with the baboons at the sanctuary until 2005. It was decided they would start a volunteer organization and drove international volunteers from Phalabora, South Africa to Mwandi, Zambia, Dan’s childhood home. They worked in and around the mission, helping where needed. 

In 2015, they started a non-profit organization called Home for Aids Orphans. In 2016, they started building a community school which opened in January 2019. They now have over 280 students from pre-school through 3rd grade and are working on building a 4th grade classroom which will open in January 2022, after which they will begin work on the next phase, upper primary grades 5th-7th. 

Compass Zambia is a California registered non-profit organization that was organized by Paula and her daughter in 2020 to help support the efforts of Home for Aids Orphans a registered NGO with a focus on building homes for extended families that had been displaced by AIDS. Together, the two companies work to improve the lives of people in the area by improving the community. 

Julie Jenkins, International Committee Chair, presented a check for $1,000 to Paula Van Zyl, Founder & Chairperson at Home For Aids Orphans. This organization works with the local community to im-prove the living conditions for those most vulnerable in society, es-pecially young children who have been orphaned by AIDS by provid-ing housing and building schools in Zambia, where AIDS is still at ep-idemic proportion. ( 


Bruce Howard introduced Frank Ortiz and told us that he has served over 40 years in the Fire Service, which included 13 years as Fire Chief for the City of Santa Ma-ria. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Saint Mary’s College and a Mas-ter’s Degree in Emergency Services Administration from CSU Long Beach. Since his retirement , Frank continues to volunteer in his community in various capacities. A 24-year Rotarian, he is a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast where he served as Club President in 2003-04. He served as District Governor for Rotary District 5240 in 2012-13 and currently serves as District Rotary Foundation Chair. Frank is a charter member of the District 5240 Paul Harris Society and a charter member of the Triple Crown Donor Circle. He and his wife, Scottie, are Level 2 Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation. They both have partici-pated in several humanitarian projects, both locally and internationally for the benefit of serving others. 

Frank explained to us that doing good in the world means a lot of things. We can do good in our community and around the world. Many of us wish we could do more but we don’t have the money to tackle many of the huge projects that we care about. That is where the Rotary Foundation comes in. There are about 35,000 clubs that donate to TRF! The Foundation uses those funds to help Rotary make a difference in the world by funding some of these huge projects. A copy of the Power Point Frank used in his presentation is attached to this newsletter. 

Frank then explained Paul Harris Fellow. Continuing the legacy of our founder, the Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Multiple Paul Harris Fellow recognition is extended at subsequent $1,000 levels (e.g., $2,000, $3,000). Recognition consists of a pin with additional stones corresponding to the recipients recognition amount lev-el. There was a well deserved standing ovation when our very own President Patty was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow + 2 for her total contribu-tion of $3,000. Congratulations Patty. 


Ed told us that he grew up in San Francisco. As a young boy he joined the scouts and went on a trip with them to a ski resort. Ed immediately fell in love with the resort, the ski lifts and skiing. At 18, he dropped out of school and went back to the ski resort looking for a job. He was hired to work on the lifts, a job he loved. While at the resort he met a teacher who was there with some of her friends. They got to know each other and eventually married. 3 months later he received his draft notice. After basic training, he was sent to Germany and a couple of months later, his bride joined him. When he was discharged (1 year, 7 months and 4 days later), they purchased a VW and traveled around Europe for 2 or 3 months. 

Upon returning to the States, Ed enrolled in Modesto Community College before transferring to Cal Poly where he majored in Architectural Engineering. One of his required classes was welding, which he knew quite a bit about. At the time, Cuesta was just getting started and they were looking for someone to set up a machine shop. Ed’s teacher recommended him and, once he set up the shop, he was asked if he could teach auto me-chanics. Of course he said yes. This led to him becoming Dean of Vocational Education, a job he held for 35 years. 

While at Cuesta, Ed hired a counselor from Long Beach State. She relocated to the Central Coast, purchased a home in Cambria and, shortly after, became Ed’s second wife. That is how Ed came to live in Cambria. 

If you have the opportunity, take some time to ask Ed about his life. He has a lot of interesting stories to share. 

Joe, who we all know well, gave us a bit of his background. He has a Masters Degree in Neuroscience and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. He is employed by Department of State Hospitals in Atascadero, is a Forensic Clinical Psychologist, Statewide Trauma Informed Care, Chair of Suicide Prevention Committee, Enhanced Treatment Program Psychologist, Internship Supervisor in addition to having his private practice. Joe also survived asphyxiation and open heart surgery.

As is typical of Dr. Joe, his presentation was riveting. He has provided us with the slideshow from his presentation which accompanies this newsletter.

Thank you Joe.


Elizabeth moved to Cambria in 1967, lived on a ranch about 20 miles north of town, raised 2 chil-dren with her then husband and worked at the Cambria School District for 27 years as a school sec-retary. Her interests are botany, photography and history, both local and global. 

During his many years in Cambria, Art Beal preferred to be known by his nickname, Doctor Tinkerpaw. He also answered to the name Captain Nitt Witt after being called a nitwit by someone in Cambria. (Hence the name Nitt Witt Ridge.) But Art was anything but dim. 

Born 20 miles north of Cambria in 1896, Art was the son of a Klamath Indian wom-an who died when he was just 10 years old. As an orphan, he passed through sever-al institutions and took odd jobs before becoming a vaudeville entertainer. (He claimed to have performed an act with a stunt dog and a one-legged bicyclist at the Toronto World’s Fair in the 1920s.) Later, he would become a famed long-distance swimmer, freestyling 22 miles of the Hudson River and across San Francisco Bay. His swimming career led him to a number of famous entertainers who became friends, including Dale Evans, Roy Rogers, and Willie Nelson. During his years building and living at Nitt Witt Ridge, he was profiled on several television programs, highlighting his eccentricity. 

Sometime in the early 1970s, a man gave Art a small loan to keep up Nitt Witt Ridge, and Art trans-ferred the deed to him. When Art couldn’t repay the debt, the man threatened to destroy Nitt Witt Ridge and develop the property. But in 1975, friends of the unusual homebuilder formed The Art Beal Foundation, which purchased back the deed. The purchase also funded work to have Nitt Witt Ridge recognized as a California Historical Landmark in 1981. Today, the bronze plaque can be seen on the home’s street level. 

When he died in 1992, Art’s ashes were spread under a redwood tree on the Nitt Witt Ridge property. Clippings of his varied accom-plishments, as well as photos of his high-profile friends, remain in the house to this day, right where Art left them. 


Art Beal & Nitt Witt Ridge 

Elizabeth Appel 

Sherry Sim introduced Dana by telling us that she joined Rotary in 2002 and is currently a member of Rotary Club of Westlake Village. At the Rotary International Level, DG Dana is the Inter-Country Committee (ICC) National Coordinator for USA. She started the first ICC of USA with her country-of-origin Romania in 2003 and has traveled extensively for various Rotary projects including polio cam-paigns in Nigeria and India. In the last several years she was a presenter, talking about Peace & Conflict Resolution, Prevention Projects and Initiatives at Rotary International Con-ventions, Zone Institutes and Peace Conferences. DG Dana told us that she has been a fan of our club because, when she first joined, she met Monte Rice who en-couraged our club to support one of her projects helping children in Romania. She congratulated us for our crea-tive fundraising despite COVID and is impressed with all the good work we do. Dana believes in The Rotary Foundation and its ability to transform lives. For this reason, she became a Major Donor, a Bequest Society member, a Benefactor and a Paul Harris Society Member. She is a strong supporter of the Annual Fund Program because this is what allows us to work on projects and continue to do good in the world. DG Dana then honored a very surprised Cynthia Woodruff-Neer with a District Governor Recognition for her work with youth in our community, as well as her ongoing service to our club as treasurer. District Governor Dana Moldovan 

Glen is a Call Lloyd City & Regional Planning graduate who spent most of his career with the City of San Luis Obispo.  His work focused on plans for new neighborhoods, public safety, energy, water supply, and water modification and protection.
He is the secretary, archivist and newsletter producer for the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum.  His roles at the Museum, plus his lifelong interest n railroads, led to a part-time lecturer position in Cal Poly's Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
You can read about the history of the railroad in ALL harbour the Museum at

Dr. Capozzi received his MD from Strich School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago

in 1960 and continued on for Plastic Surgery training at the University of Wisconsin

1960-1966. He was an Air Force Captain and Chief of Plastic Surgery at David Grant Air

Force Hospital, Fairfield, California 1966-1968. In 1968 he went into private practice at

St. Francis Memorial Hospital remaining there for 30 years. He left private practice in

1998 to become Chief of Plastic Surgery at Shriners Hospital for children in Sacramento,

retiring in 2008.

He became a member of the San Francisco Rotary Club in 1971 and recently transferred

to the Tiburon/Belvedere Rotary Club to be closer to home. He became involved

in International Service in 1976 and in 1992 Co-founded Rotaplast International Inc. He

has been on 70 international missions, 56 of those with Rotaplast.

He has been married to his wife Louise for 59 years and they have three children.

Louise helped develop and is still a member of the medical records committee since Rotaplast’s first mission to

Chili in 1993.

Rotaplast International, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Dr. Angelo Capozzi and the then Rotary Club President Peter

Lagarias in collaboration with the Rotary Club of San Francisco to facilitate a surgical program in La Serena, Chile

to treat children with the cleft lip and palate anomaly who would otherwise not receive surgical intervention. This

initial historic mission took place in January of 1993.

As a project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, and for the first three years of its existence, Rotaplast completed

one surgical mission a year. The following two years, Rotaplast completed two missions a year. In 1996, Rotaplast

became a separate non-profit corporation and has since consistently expanded its number of annual missions. In

February 2015, Rotaplast sent its 200th mission and to date has served over 17,000 children. Twenty-six countries

have hosted Rotaplast teams, including Vietnam, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru,

Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, Romania, China, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Brazil, Bangladesh, Mali, Togo, Liberia,

Dominican Republic, Egypt, Tanzania, Myanmar and the Philippines. Hundreds of medical and non-medical volunteers

who give their valuable time, and generous organizations such as hospitals and medical equipment companies

which give supplies, account for the consistent success and expansion of Rotaplast missions.

Rotaplast would not exist without funding provided by partners. Although a San Francisco-based organization,

Rotaplast works nationally and internationally by partnering with Rotary Clubs, other organizations, and individuals

across the United States, Canada and mission sites. It provides a vehicle for medical professionals and nonmedical

volunteers to actively engage in projects that build international friendships and promote goodwill and

understanding among the peoples of the world.

For more information, go to Rotaplast | Saving smiles. Changing lives.


Dr. Angelo Capozzi

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