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Cambria

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
Cambria Pines Lodge
2905 Burton Drive
(805) 927-4200
Cambria, CA  93428
United States
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President's Message
Message from 2017/2018 President MIke O'sullivan:
 
 
President Mike O'Sullivan Rotary Club of Cambria
 
 

It is truly an honor to be a member of The Rotary Club of Cambria, “The Best Rotary Club in the World”!
I find it so inspiring to join 1.2 million Rotarians around the world in service: promoting peace and goodwill.
After 17 years in the Cambria Club, I now have the great pleasure of serving as The Rotary Club of Cambria’s President.

This years Rotary International Theme is Rotary: Making a Difference
 

We truly DO make a difference.This year’s agenda is:


1) Supporting the effort to eradicate Polio. We are so very close.
2) Support The Rotary Foundation. I look forward to seeing some of these funds return to the Club and support Club projects through grants.
3) Support the current and ongoing projects of this incredibly dynamic Club.

 

I am looking forward to this Rotary Year.


Sincerely,
Michael O’Sullivan 

 
 
 
 
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Viva 2018
Save the date November 3, 2018
 
 
 
News Updates

Heidi Santos told us about her recent trip to Russia, via a river cruise ship. She
explained that Red Square is a city square in Moscow, Russia. It separates the
Kremlin, the former royal citadel and now the official residence of the President
of Russia, from a historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-gorod. Red Square is
often considered the central square of Moscow since Moscow's major streets,
which connect to Russia's major highways, originate from the square. On the
southern end, is the nine-towered Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed (originally
Church of the Intercession), built 1554–60 to commemorate the defeat of the
Tatars (Mongols) of Kazan and Astrakhan by Ivan IV (the Terrible). The spires on the cathedral resemble ames and all the colors have meanings.

Some interesting facts: Moscow is a city of 12 million people and it has 5 airports. The roads are always filled with traffic and one needs to go through toll booths that only accept exact change. If the car in front of you does not have exact change, everyone needs to back up so the car can turn around. It was noticed by Heidi that most of the Russian people do not smile so she asked why. Because, if you are seen walking around with a smile on you face, people would think you were a little crazy. Moscow is extremely clean and trash cans are forbidden because that can encourage trash. Anyone caught littering is fined $300. Public restrooms have doors that only cover the bottom half of the person sitting on the “throne”. Makes conversing with the person across the way much easier. There are 600 churches in Moscow and 100 different nationalities.

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.

Our own Ron Perry, put on his music director hat and, assisted by his very capable assistant, Kate Perry, told us about the history of the piano.

He also gave us proof that, yes, he indeed did once have hair! Ron explained how the various types of keyboards, piano, clavichord and harpsichord, differ in the sounds they produce by reason of their very different sound-producing mechanisms. A very fun and interesting presentation. Thanks, Ron.

PRESENTATION: ABE LINCOLN, "SLO NOOR FOUNDATION"

Jim Easton, of the Rotary Passport Club of the Central Coast, told us that the Passport Club now has 23 members and they are 100% Paul Harris members! They average over 100 hours service per member. He then introduced today’s speaker: Abe Lincoln (the newest member of the Passport Club). Abe graduated from Cal Poly and is currently Executive Director of the SLO Noor Foundation.

Abe Lincoln began working with the SLO Noor Founda on, the only fully licensed clinic in SLO
County, because he was inspired by Dr. Ahmad Nooristani. Dr. Nooristani was born in
Afghanistan. After his father died, his mother smuggled he and his brother to Pakistan and eventually to the United States where he went on to get his medical degree. He was passionate about giving back so he set out to provide free health care to every uninsured person in SLO County. He has raised enough funds to build a primary care clinic, a vision clinic and a dental clinic in San Luis Obispo and recently opened a primary care clinic in Paso. All services are provided free of charge for uninsured adults in SLO County. Dr. Nooristani has convinced the majority of medical professionals in SLO County to volunteer me to this cause. They depend on grants and donations. You can get more information about the SLO Noor Foundation at http://slonoorfoundation.org/

Barbara Burns introduced today’s speaker: “Gem Munro has devoted his life and career to
improving educa onal opportuni es for disadvantaged people across Canada and abroad. Pursuit
of this objective carried him into residence in unfortunate communities across most of Canada. He
is presently Director of Amarok Society, a registered Canadian charity that provides education
programs to the very poor in Bangladesh and Pakistan. As well, Gem is an author and artist
whose current book (which he has here today) is a bestselling collection of stories about some of
the extraordinary people he’s come to know in the slums of Bangladesh. (Sale of his book is a
major fundraiser for Amarok Society.) For their work, Gem and his wife, Dr. Tanyss Munro, were recipients of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.”

Mr. Munro gave a powerful presentation to the club about how we can reach and teach 70 million children too poor for school. He explained that 1 in 3 children have no chance of getting an education. Amarok Society believes that, if you teach a child, you teach a child. If you teach a father, he uses his new knowledge to gain a livelihood outside the home. But if you teach a mother, you teach a family. The Society has schools in the worst slums of Bangladesh where they teach mothers how to read, write, think. They start off by showing the mothers, who have had zero education, how to hold a pencil. Each woman in the school has to teach 5 children everything they have learned and they do it enthusiastically. Even some of the men, who are normally against women getting an education, can be found outside the huts, listening in while their wives teach their children.

Gem Munro’s book, South Asian Adventures with the Active Poor., Can be found at http://amaroksociety.org/wordpress/products/ htt pamaroksociety-orgwordpress201112191gembook/ or by going to AmarokSociety.org and clicking 'South Asian Adventures' under the 'Giftgem munro

s' tab. Proceeds from sale of the book go to help fund the work of Mr. Munro and the Amarok Society.

A note of interest: There are 52 Rotary clubs in Dacca, the largest city in Bangladesh.

PRESENTATION: SUZETTE MORROW, ART EDUCATION

Superintendent, Vicki Schumacher, introduced our speaker explaining that Suzette teaches art at both the high school and middle school and consults with the grammar school. Coast Unified is very lucky to have someone of Suzette’s caliber.

Suzette explained that Coast Union High School offers two Career Technology and Education Pathways (CTE): Arts, Multimedia, and Entertainment and Agriculture and

Natural Resources. In addition to the core academic curriculum provided by Coast Union, students can choose to enroll in a College and Career Pathway. Each pathway is a sequence of three courses, out of the 32 courses required for graduation. The benefits of the pathway include courses that are all California State University/University of California approved, an opportunity to earn industry certifications for employment, and membership in a national student leadership organization.

Students are encouraged to participate in community service projects such as the Youth Art Show, a juried art show in which students in grades 3-11 participate. Everyone is encouraged to attend the show which is held during the month of March at the Coast Unified District Office.

President Mike thanked Suzette  for a great presentation and presented her with a plaque 

Barbara Burns introduced our guest speaker, Christopher Law . Christopher was Vietnam Era Veteran, in the Air Force. On the GI bill he atended The Professional Theater Workshop in Hollywood, which led him to become a commercial model and a TV and stage actor. He was in many commercials; Ford, Miller Beer, Spokesman for Revlon, and many others.

He also appeared on a few soap operas, like General Hospital and One Life to Live, had parts in a few movies and on shows like the original Hawaii Five - O, Night Gallery, 4 Seasons. On stage Christopher received great reviews for his role in Gardner McKay ’ s play, “ SEA MARKS ” opposite Mara Purl.

Christopher told some interesting stories of his time in Hollywood and about first coming to Africa in 1986 and how it stole his heart and soul. He talks about the African experience and how you too will never return and be the same. His favorite saying is, “ If you have only two places to go in the world, you should go to Africa Twice!

Ron Perry introduced us to a group of six vocalists and their piano accompanist, part of Cambria Chorale. We all enjoyed their selection of fun and clever songs including Cole Porter ’ s “ You Do Something to Me ”, Winter Zombie Jamboree, Up on the Housetop, Christmas in Cambria (an original written by one of the members) and more. They were a true delight. We were reminded that the Chorale will have their annual holiday concert on Sunday, December 10 and Sunday December 17 at the Cambria Presbyterian Church. Tickets are available at the Chamber.

Barbara Burns introduced our speaker, Ted Siegler . Ted and his wife, Suzy, moved full tme to Cambria from San Jose in 2013. Ted spent his career in corporate finance with several Bay Area tech companies. He and Suzy remark on their good fortune every morning when they wake up overlooking the ocean. In addition to chairing the North Coast Advisory Council , Ted is chair of the Buildout Reduction Program Citizens Committee and is Treasurer of Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve . More than forty years out of college, Ted has returned to creative writing. He published is first novel in November 2016 and is currently working on a sequel. He believes that in retirement, we don’ t stop. We choose. And he ’ s lucky to live in a community where there are so many good choices.

Ted told us that the North Coast Advisory Council is one of several advisory councils established by San Luis Obispo County to provide community input to planning decisions. It ’ s mission is to establish an organizaton truly representatve of the people of the North Coast Area in maters of civic interest, and to represent the community before all bodies, public and private, where the subject is appropriate to the objectves of the NCAC. The Council ’ s primary focus is to provide a forum for citzen educaton, involvement, and discussion on issues that pertain to the North Coast Area which spans from Harmony to San Simeon and the ocean to Rocky Bute.

The forum provides for the public review of maters identified with sound development including, but not limited to: land use, public services, circulation, zoning, public improvements and all aspects of orderly community growth. Ted invited everyone to attend an NCAC meetnig because NCAC wants input from the public. The meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 — 8:30 in the Community Room at Rabobank. Meetings include reports from Supervisor Bruce Gibson, a Sherif ’ s Department representative and the Planning Department. 

 

Barbara Burns introduced our speaker, Dr. Tom Neuhaus, Cal Poly Professor Emeritus and co-founder of Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates, Inc., who spoke about his plan for social justice in the chocolate industry. Dr. Neuhaus explained that most of the chocolate we eat is made by African child labor, many of these children are virtually slaves. In 2006, Dr. Neuhaus co-founded Project Hope and Fairness, with the goal of creating a chocolate industry which does not rely on child labor and, yet returns fair profits to local cocoa farmers and chocolate manufacturers. He’s focused on three cocoa-rich countries: The Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon. 

In The Ivory Coast, Tom selected 7 villages for what he calls his Seven Villages Project, bringing cocoa processing facilities and agricultural equipment to these communities. 

Tom is seeking Board members to help with the success of Project Hope and Fairness 

Dr. Joe gave a brief presentation about an area of medicine he is studying: Ayurvedic Medicine. He explained that the tenets of this type of medicine came from the ancient Hindu tradition from older than 3000 BC. The focus is on healthy living and wellness.

Dr. Joe told us some salient points about this way of thinking:

The earth and humans are both made up of 3⁄4 water. We need to stay hydrated. Digestion is key to wellness and illness We should eat live food, not dead processed food. We should eat foods available in season. We should chew our food to a liquid. We should think about what gives us life and what sucks the life out of us. Synchronize life with the seasons of the year. Our senses are not always reliable to tell us what is good for us. We may overindulge.

There are three Doshas which need to be in balance is a healthy person: VATA- anxious, brain running wild; PITTA- very organized, frustrated with VATA; and KAPHA- personality stagnant, i.e. indoors on sofa, but feels bad about it.

Dr. Joe Morrow apologized that the Grizzly program representative had failed to mark the date and did not show up. Dr. Julian Crocker, Grizzly Youth Academy Charter School administrator for almost 20 years, gave an outline of the program. Dr. Crocker explained that the mission of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of 16-18 year old high school dropouts. It is the hope that graduates leave the program with the values, life skills, education and self-discipline needed to succeed as productive citizens. The program is run jointly by the National Guard at Camp San Luis and by the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education who provides the teaching staff. There now are three such programs in California, funded mostly by the federal government, and several throughout the country. The program has been highly successful.

The Grizzly Youth Academy Mentor Program

Both Dr. Joe and Dr. Crocker spoke about the importance of the Mentor program to the Grizzly cadets. Each Grizzly is matched with a mentor who tries to stay in contact with the student at least once a week by phone, note or visit. This interaction does not end when the Grizzly student completes his five months in residence and graduates. The communication continues as the student enters the work force, continues his education or joins the military. The commitment for a mentor is a year, and there is a one day mandatory training for this role.

Information about the Grizzly program and the Mentoring opportunities is available online:

www.grizzlyyouthacademy.org 

OCTOBER 27 PRESENTATION: PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Dennis White introduced Alexandra Scrivner, who was born and raised in Cambria. Alex earned a degree in Journalism with a minor in Global Studies from Azusa Pacific University in July 2014. The biggest impacts on her education were the study abroad and off-campus experiential learning semesters where she was able to live and study in a smaller and more in-depth communities. She also lead a college team to support youth outreach and education work in the Dominican Republic and Haiti . After graduation she spent a year working and traveling in New Zealand as well as spending me in Indonesia where her mother had been working at an international school. The time in Indonesia lead her to a volunteer opportunity in the field of transitional justice, one of her greatest passions, After this volunteership with AJAR (Asia Justice and Rights) she was invited by the co-founder and director to work with them in Timor-Leste, and it is that work and that transformative experience which she spoke to us about today, along with future plans of how she wants to continue in this field of work through a Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. And, believe it or not, Alex is just 25 years old!! What an inspirational presentation!

Matt Clevenger introduced Mike Young, football player and part-time resident of Cambria (LA the rest of the time). He told us that Mike is a former professional American football wide receiver in the NFL for ten seasons for the Los Angeles Rams, the Denver Broncos, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Kansas City Chiefs. He was serving as Executive Vice President of the Colorado Crush of the Arena Football League until the league folded. On May 22, 2009, Young was appointed as Chief Revenue Officer for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mike is a long time friend of our Matt Clevenger and he told us he & Matt
were "Man-Childs" at high school--all the girls loved them (& all the guys
hated them?). Mike played football at UCLA and in 2 Rose Bowls. After his
career in football, he spent the last 11 years with the Dodgers. Mike wanted
to be something else besides a football team member, and he got to really
like it & all the parts--it feels like family to him. He has been chief revenue
officer & involved with corporate sponsorships. Mike then talked about
Hearst Castle and his fascination with the venue. He wants to help rebuild
parts of it and feels he learned through his Dodgers work about branding, district sponsorships. At the end, after lots of stories about some games, Mike showed us a video of him singing! He thinks football will go through changes now because it is hurting too many people.

After his talk, Mike passed around his Super Bowl rings. Wow! Talk about bling!! Thank you Mike for a very interesting and entertaining talk.

President Mike presented District Governor, John Weiss, with a club pin. He told us that John joined Rotary in 2001, became Morro Bay Rotary President in 2009/10, has been an instructor at PETS, Youth chair, has brought in 50+ new members and chartered the 1st Interact Club in Morro Bay.

DG Weiss began his presentation by awarding a Paul Harris Service Fellow to Bob Putney in recogniti on of his many services to not only our local club but the District, International and Polio. Congratulat ons to Bob.

DG John then told us that, after a rather large 50,000 person survey, the two most important points of Rotary membership were: 1) Family; and, 2) Service.

He further emphasized that the main objective of Rotary: “Avenues of Service” for which he made a truly personalized presenta on and review of our Club’s Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, International, Youth and the inherent programs of each.

Barbara Burns introduced our speaker, Scott Hicok, Deputy Executive Director of Camp Ocean Pines. She told us that Scott is a newly married musician and summer camp entrepreneur who took over the summer camp at Camp Ocean Pines in 2010 and has grown the program by over 400%!

Scott gave a very entertaining speech explaining that, despite what we may have heard, Millennials are really no different than Baby Boomers. He said Millennials have been characterized in a number of different ways. On the negative side, they've been described as lazy, narcissistic and prone to jump from job to job. However, he is considered a Millennial but he left his home town of Phoenix after obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and entrepreneurship and landed a job as a summer counselor at Camp Ocean Pines. He is still here, after working is way up to Deputy executive Director. He maintains that every generation is thought of in somewhat negative terms by the preceding generation. Case in point: over 2,000 years ago, Aristotle was quoted as saying “The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, they show disrespect to their elders.” and in the 11th Century, Peter the Hermit said “The young people of today think of nothing but themselves.”

The Truth is we are all people

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: www.RAGAS.online. 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.

Nancy Carr introduced Dianne (Lady Tie Dye) Brook for her presenta on on Local Homelessness.

Dianne spoke of interviewing four of the local homeless and giving each a gift bag with everyday necessities She also spoke of the different types of homeless and a discussion followed on the homeless in Cambria.

Dianne was then presented with a Paul Harris in recognition of her involvement in the community by Nancy and Tim Carr

The presentation closed with “We can rise by lifting others.”

  • President Mike, taking the podium as President for the first me, commented “the day has come!” He then introduced the Club Executives and Directors for 2017-18:

    Sgt. at Arms, Ron Perry; Membership Chair, Chris Cameron; Grants Chair, Chuck Foerster; Family of Rotary, Donna Crocker; Youth Services, Richard Torcia, Programs Co-Chair, Janet Meyers; Vocational Chair, Joe Morrow; International, Jane Howard; TRF Chair, Bob Putney; Club Treasurer, Bonnie Cameron; Club Secretary, Julia Rice; President Elect Nominee & Community Service Chair, Mary Ann Carson, President Elect, Roger Robinson; and, Past President, Sharon Harvey. (Not in attendance, Program Co-Chair, Barbara Burns; Club Service Chair, Christel Chesney; Public Relations, Greg Sanders). 

 

 
 
 
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Member Birthdays:
  • Judy Schuster
    February 7
  • Chuck Foerster
    February 9
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    February 9
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    February 13
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    February 15
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    March 6
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    March 15
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    March 16
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    March 24
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    March 26
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    March 31