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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

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. 
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ROTARY CLUB OF CAMBRIA
4th OF JULY BOOTH
Speakers
Dark for Holidays
Dec 23, 2022
Dark for Holidays
Dec 30, 2022
Don Maruska
Jan 06, 2023
“ Enjoy Being a Climate Solver “
District Governor Scott Phillips
Jan 13, 2023
Get Loud
Robert Kittle
Jan 20, 2023
TBD
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Branna Still joined the SLO Food Bank team in June 2020 and is excited to be a member

of a phenomenal organization that offers relief to those who are finding themselves

in the most challenging situations.

Branna was born and raised in Missouri. After graduating high school, she studied at

the University of Missouri—Columbia (MIZZOU) while also serving in the US Army Reserve.

After a year-long deployment overseas and a six-month course at the Defense

Language Institute, she graduated from MIZZOU with a duel degree in International

Studies and Business, emphasis in Marketing. After living in a few different states and

working in various for-profit roles, Branna shifted her career in 2014 to fundraising

and community development for the American Cancer Society. After four impactful

years serving Monterey County communities, she followed the sunshine and landed in

San Luis Obispo. Branna was honored to join the Woods Humane Society as the Development

Manager and, after a month, her family grew by adding a sweet canine

stray found in Paso Robles. As the “normal day” in the life flipped upside down amid

the global pandemic, an opportunity to help those at risk of hunger came forth, and she was excited and grateful

to become part of the solution. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and fur babies, listening

to music, enjoying the great outdoors, and traveling the world.

Branna told us that 26% of households in SLO County do not earn enough to afford an essential cost of living and

1 in 6 children may experience food insecurity in the US this year! The SLO Food Bank serves over 31,000 individuals

each month. 28% are children and 25% are seniors. Community Service Chair, Sandy Cha, was pleased to present Branna

and the SLO Food Bank with a check for $500 to help families and individuals

during this holiday season.

Membership: Chairman Roger began by reminding us that our club thrives because

of its members. For various reason, some members have to leave the club and it

is up to every one of us to help to fill the void. We need to identify friends, neighbors,

family members that should be Rotarians but are not. Bring someone who may be interested

to lunch. We will take care of them from there. The District 5240 Membership

Committee has suggested that clubs send weekly letters to new members welcoming

them, explaining the Basics of Rotary, Avenues of Service, TRF and more. We

have begun that process and have sent the 1st 8 letters to each of this year’s new members, The letters will be

available for viewing on Box.com if you are interested.

Community Service: Sue filled in for Chairperson Sandy. She told us that Sandy specifically wanted to

thank all the members of the committee (listed on the attached slide show). This year, we have a little over

$15,000 to fund Community Service projects. Projects we normally fund fall into the following categories: Activities

for local youth, programs for families in need and assistance to other non-profits in Cambria and San Simeon.

But we need eyes and ears out there to let us know what needs there are in our community. So, if you know of a

project or if you would like to join our committee, contact Sandy or any committee member.

Peace Builders: Chair Paula told us that the District awarded our club with Peace

Builder status last year. Our focus is promoting peace and we will be having one speaker

each quarter as well as a peace quote at each meeting. We also sponsor a Peace Essay

Contest with high school seniors. Our biggest project is the Peace Pickets. The original

thought was that we would have 20 or 30 pickets to place around town. We wound up

with 105 pickets painted by students! Our goal this year is to have an additional 100 and

we are hoping to get artists to paint some to use as a fundraiser. We were recently honored

at the Pinedorado Parade where members marched with some of the Peace Pickets

that local students painted. Our committee members are Janet, Julie, Nancy McKarney, Joe, Otis, Gerry, Kate

and our newest member Shari McLean. We meet on the 1st Thursday of each month at 10 am on Zoom if you

would like to join us. Also, PDG Rudy Westerfield has established an E-Club of World Peace. If you would like

more information, let Paula know.

Neal Jensen Fellowship: Chairman Dennis White told us that Mike and Patty put together a group of

people to discuss the future of the Neal Jensen Fellowship which started over a decade ago with inspiration from

Neal Jensen, Mike Griffin and Bruce Howard among others. It is similar to the funding arm of the Paul Harris Society

and is designed to raise funds for our club endowment. Over $80,000 has been raised since it’s inception.

Committee members Valerie Ratto, Luanne Kittle, Linda Sherman, Joan Broadhurst, Miguel Sandoval and Miguel

Hernandez are working on a clear vision and direction for the future. One possible project that has been

discussed is planting a tree each time someone joins the Circle. If all of us could look 20 year out and see the potential

of an endowment that could really help the community, can you imagine what it could look like?

 

Paula was born Glendale Ca. in 1952. She moved to Africa in 2003, Mwandi Village in 2005 to concentrate their efforts on building homes for those most in need in the village, With the help of volunteers, they have built 199 

homes. They have been involved with education since 2007. Donors have sponsored over 35 

students through colleges many of them now have good paying jobs and a future. There are 9 

still in college and are always looking for sponsors to help. In 2017 they started working on a 

community school we started classes in 2019 and now have over 300 students from pre school 

through 4 th grade. 

In October 2020, Paula and her daughter formed a 501 c-3 American corporation, Compass Zambia, 

to help support Home For Aids Orphans. Survival and growth all these years has been 

fueled by volunteers coming to work on the projects. With covid this went away leaving them 

vulnerable, the new corporation has given us a much-needed boost and allowed them to continue 

working on the school, as well as to keep the staff employed. Paula took that time to finish writing a 

book about my life called Wings on My Heels- a life unraveled – By Paula Van Zyl. All proceeds 

go to Compass Zambia, to help Home For Aids Orphans. 

This year volunteering has picked up and they are again working in the village. But the school 

remains the most important aspect of our organization. They need to continue building as they 

have no place for the 5 th grade students. 

Paula joined the Rotary Club of Livingstone in 2009 served as Secretary for 2 years 2011-2013 

President 2013-2014 International Projects chair 2014 -2022. In June 2022 she resigned from that 

club and joined Mosi-oa-tunya Rotary club in Livingstone. 

Paula and Matt, her business partner since 2007 live in Mwandi most of the year. She returns to the US 

every year to raise funds and awareness as well as to visit my family. 

Chuck explained to us that TRF is the non-profit arm of Rotary International

and fundraises and supports efforts of RI around the world (Polio eradication,

healthcare, education, ending poverty, etc.). Charity Navigator has rated The

Rotary Foundation with 4 stars for 13 consecutive years!

Rotarians can designate where they would like their donation to go (see

attached graphic “Your Check to rotary—Who Do I Write it to and Where Does

it Go” attached to this newsletter). Half of the donations to the Annual Fund Share come back to our club in

three years in the form of grants. The other half goes to urgent projects around the world. Our goal is for everyone

in the club to donate $100 a year to the Annual Fund Share and $50 a year to Polio Eradication.

In 1988, Rotary launched the Polio Eradication project. At that time, there were 1,000 cases of polio per day,

350,000 each year in over 25 countries where polio was endemic. Over 20 million people are not paralyzed today

due to the efforts of Rotary. That is equal to the total population of New York State!

Attached to this newsletter is a TRF Information sheet and Rotary Direct form that you can complete to make

monthly, quarterly or annual donations to The Rotary Foundation.

There will be a “post-Rotary-meeting” follow-up to our TRF panel discussion on October 28th, a Q&A session

for interested members,

to answer (as best we

can) member questions

about the Annual Fund,

Polio Eradication, TRF

Endowment, and the

seven areas of focus.

This will be immediately

after the meeting on Friday,

November 11th, at

1:30PM. Stay as long as

you’d like, and no commitment

for any further

actions… the intent is to

answer member questions

about The Rotary

Foundation, again, as

best we can.

Laurie passionately believes that everyone deserves to have

a fun, meaningful life. A Harvard-educated Jersey girl, she is

the close advisor and coach to country and state leaders,

mayors, education and business pioneers, and other top

movers and shakers worldwide. Starting as an inner city high

school teacher and the youngest

principal in Boston, Laurie became

disillusioned with the state

of public education and spent

two decades spearheading a

global school reform movement, founding and directing an internationally

acclaimed charter school nonprofit and helping thousands of

education and other leaders to start and run successful organizations.

Laurie received graduate and undergraduate degrees in education,

psychology, and world religions from Harvard University, where she

also taught quantum physics. An avid world explorer and former Outward

Bound wilderness instructor, cultural exchange guide, and service-

learning leader, she has traveled to 60 countries and 40 states

and speaks five languages. She is a master practitioner in over two

dozen body/mind/spirit wellness techniques, including intuitive coaching.

While successful on the outside, by her late 30s, Laurie felt empty and exhausted on the inside.

She decided to try a nontraditional approach to get perspective on her life, unexpectedly writing

a book while fasting in the desert on a vision quest. Her book, The Road to Shine, is receiving all

5 stars on Amazon and has been featured on nationwide media. The sequel, The Road to Joy, is

pending publication shortly.

After her quest, Laurie quit her workaholic job, broke up with Mr. Almost, and dedicated herself

to a new education path, helping people find the courage to live lives they love and be happier,

more effective leaders. Anyone seeking to be their truest, best self or who wants to help their

communities or the world is someone she is honored to learn from and serve.

Laurie’s website is https://shineyourlight.life 

Deepa Willingham, residing in Lompoc, CA, is a naturalized citizen of the United States,

was born and brought up in Calcutta (Kolkata), India where she obtained her primary

(under the stewardship of Mother Teresa, who was her teacher), secondary and undergraduate

educations in Kolkata and graduate degrees in the US. Prior to her entrepreneurial

endeavors in the energy sector, Rotarian Willingham served as the Administrative

Director of Ancillary Services in the

hospital industry.

Deepa is an active Rotarian and served as the District Governor for Rotary District 5240 in 2010-2011. She is the

Past President of the Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Valley, being named the Rotarian-of-the-Year during her year as

President and has been the winner of many humanitarian awards including the winner of Santa Barbara’s ‘Gutsy

Gals You Inspire Me Award’ in 2013; one of the “Women of Action” Honoree at the White House in 2014; Time

Now – Global Amazing Indian awardee from the Times of India in 2015; one of three Inspiring Women of Action

at World Bank’s celebration of International Women’s Day in Washington DC, 2016; and the recipient of

the 2018 United Nations Association (UNA) Peace Prize.

She is an ardent believer of the principles of Rotary and therefore, actively participates in recruitment and retention

of Rotary members. During her year as Club President, she added 12 new members to her club, she chartered

a new club, and she helped her daughter – Rotarian Reena Howmiller - establish a community based Rotaract

Club in Santa Barbara. PDG Deepa believes that PEACE is not just the absence of war. It is for us to actively

create a lack of poverty, injustice, non-human environment, and hopelessness for our fellow citizens.

Thus, in her dream to create peace, she founded PACE Universal – www.paceuniversal.org, an US not-for-profit

organization spearheading programs that are eradicating poverty, injustice, non-human environment/condition

including trafficking through the education of girls and women, providing adult education/vocational training/

micro-loans and upgrading the living conditions through holistic village rehabilitation. It is her aspiration to make

the first PACE Learning Center be a model for duplication around the world on our pathway to peace.

 

Tony’s job title is Head of Planetary Science Formulation which means he leads teams coming up with ideas for the next two decades of exploring our solar system. Tony hold a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, both from the University of Manchester in England. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engi-neers for his work on radar observations from space and is a 35 year veteran at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. 

Tony was inspired by Neal Armstrong and his predecessors at JPL. explained that his job is to look at new mis-sions. He treated us to a slide show that will be attached to this newsletter. You could hear a pin drop during his presentation. It was fascinating and I am sure we will be asking him back to update us on what is happening in our solar system. 

To the tune of Charlie’s Angels, Linda (played by Heide), Patty (played

by Janet) and Christel (played by Rick) came onto the stage to tells us about

their memories of Patty’s Presidential year.

Retro Patty (played by Dr. Joe) told us that is was her 6th birthday and her mom gave her

a diary as a birthday gift. “Dear Diary”, Patty wrote, “I dream of going to California, becoming

President of Rotary, marrying a tall, handsome man with a moustache, I’ll have lots of

dogs and a pottery shop. And, my best friends Linda & Christel will be with me.”

Mature Patty (also played by Joe): “Well, Diary, it’s been many years

since I’ve written. I married the man of my dreams, I am a successful potter, I’ve been President

of Rotary. So, what’s next? It’s time for me and my friends to just have fun!”

Enter Rotarians dancing to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!”

Patty was then treated to messages of love and congratulations from her sister,

“Congrautlations. We are so proud of you”; Her son told her “aside from being a

great President you have been a wonderful mom”. Co-President Christel thanked

her for getting us over every bump in the road and promised to see us in a few

months.

PP Chuck presented Patty with a Rotary Citation, awarded by Rotary International to recognize

clubs for all they do throughout the year. Only the best clubs are recognized and, out of 70 clubs in

our District, only 7 received the honor for the 2021-22 Rotary year.

Patty told us she was blown away! She said she has such gratitude to all for our resilience, friendship

and hard work. “You guys, we made it!” she exclaimed.

Such a fun meeting. Special thanks to our honorary director and choreographer, Otis for another

great job!

A Celebration of Patty

 

Hailed by 805 Living magazine as the Maestro of California’s Central Coast, Brian Asher Alhadeff has been Artistic and General Director of Opera San Luis Obispo since 2011. He is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Lompoc Pops Orchestra, and Principal Conductor of State Street Ballet and Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo. An internationally celebrated conductor, Alhadeff was Artistic Director and founder of the Hradec Kralove International Summer Opera Festival which took place in the Czech Republic, and also conducted the Albanian premier of Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 with the Albanian National Radio and Televi-sion Orchestra. Guest conducting highlights in-clude Marina Del Rey Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, South Florida Opera, Long Beach Opera, Ballet Tucson, Bourgas Opera Ballet, and Pra-gue State Opera Ballet and Chorus, in addition to many other orchestras and opera companies throughout the U.S. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Alhadeff and OperaSLO commissioned the first entirely produced “virtual” opera: Quarantine The Opera for OperaSLO’s Children’s Summer Opera Camp, in addition to conducting and co-producing the first complete virtual production of a standard repertoire opera with or-chestra; Puccini’s Suor Angelica, alongside Valley Opera Performing Arts and Mission Opera. Alhadeff studied conducting at the Peabody Conservatory and Janacek Academy of Music. A California native, Alhadeff holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University, Masters of Music from California State University of Los Angeles, and Doctorate of Musical Arts from UCLA 

 

Lorienne moved to Cambria in 2010 and was hired as Cambria Chamber of Commerce Director in July 2021. Be-ing a champion for the environment, she was pleased when the Chamber re-ceived a California Green Business Network designa-tion. 

Lorienne encouraged everyone to get involved or attend Hospitality Night on the 1st Monday in Decem-ber from 3-7. The Chamber Board is working on some fun happenings for Hospitality Night this year. 

She told us how much she values the Chamber volunteers who greet visitors daily in the Chamber office. 

Cambria Magazine will be available online this year in addition to paper copies which will be hitting hotels, restaurants and businesses. 

Thank you Lorienne for an informative presentation and for the wonderful job you are doing as Chamber Director.

 

 

 

PDG John Weiss introduced our speaker, Gary Stoner who he has known for a number of years. He told us that Gary called him one time to find out about the Lions Club. After explaining that, while the Lions are a great organization, Rotary is the club he should join. Gary, John explained, was born in Paradise, Alaska and is a master auto mechanic. He has a passion for Grizzly and is life motto is “It is in giving that we receive.” 

Gary told us that he was tasked with finding a local charity and discovered Grizzly. The most common misconception, he explained, is that the program is court mandated and that those attending are criminals or juvenile delinquents at best. In order to be eligible to attend, one must be 15½ - 18 years old, a legal resident of the United States and California, be credit defi-cient or At-Risk of dropping out of high school. Students must be free from any serious involve-ment with the law and have no felony convictions. Students must also be drug-free or willing to be drug-free. It is a 100% volunteer program. 

Grizzly Youth ChalleNge Academy is a quasi-military operated by the CA National Guard in partnership with San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. Grizzly is a free 5½ month residential leadership academy for students seeking to gain valuable life skills, up to 70 transferable high school credits and a second chance at life. Grizzly Youth Academy’s mission is to intervene and reclaim and lives of 16 to 18 years old at-risk high school students; to produce program graduates with the values, life skills, education and self discipline to succeed as productive citizens. 

For more information about Grizzly, check out their website at www.grizzlyyouthacademy.org. 

 

Grizzly Academy 

 

Greg McGill is the founder of Honor Flights of the Central Coast. Greg was born and raised in Templeton and moved to Bakersfield in 2007 to play college football. He then started working for Kern County Fire Department and that is when he learned about the Honor Flight pro-gram. Greg went with Honor Flight Kern County as part of the medical staff on their inaugural flight. After going on a second flight, Greg was inspired to extend the Hon-or Flight program to the central coast in 2013 as a way to give back to the community he was raised in. Greg currently resides back in Templeton with his wife and he works as a fire fighter at the Camp Roberts Military Base

As part of Greg’s presentation, we were treated to a clip from Cambria brothers Kyle & Carlos Plummer’s 2016 documentary about a group of 21 World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans who were flown to Washington D.C. to see their memorials. A DVD of the documentary can be purchased at Tour of Honor DVD Movie | Honor Flight Central Coast California (honorflightccc.org) 

 

Randy Schwalbe and his wife Mary have been full-time residents her in Cambria since 2010. They bought a small cottage in Lodge Hill in 1996 and contracted Rick Low to design a craftsman-style home to replace it, a first for Rick. Then they hired Mike O’Sullivan to build it. 

Randy has directed musicals since the 90’s, both in various theaters in Southern California and here at CCAT and Coast Union High School. How he has taken the helm for the Annual Follies, a part of the Pinedorado Days celebration. 

Randy has been retired now for ten years after spending 30 years as the Lean guy at Boeing Satellites in El Segundo, CA. However, he started out as a high school band director after earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education from UCLA. How’s that for a career path? Randy and Mary are active members of the Unitarian Universalist Community of Cambria and enjoy weeklong back-pack excursions high up in various mountain ranges. 

 

Sandy Cha told us that Bruce grew up among the long-gone orange groves of Southern California, where he met and married high school sweetheart, Lorna. After completing his physical therapy training CSULB, they embarked upon a journey into the Central Valley to start a business and build a family. For thirty years they endured the discomforts of Fresno’s climate by taking day trips and short getaways to the nearest coastal retreat available, and thus, Cambria be-came evermore dear to their hearts.

When Lorna’s mother retired in 1997, deciding to see the property in Anaheim that had been her home since birth, Lorna and Bruce introduced her to Cambria and helped her make the transition to her second “Shangri0la.” Bruce and Lorna purchased their first home in Cambria in 2005, across the street from Lorna’s mom, with the help of a hard-working rookie realtor named Bob Kasper. They divided their time between their two homes for the next several years until they could completely come home to their dream in 2011.

Bruce has served in an executive capacity for non-profit organizations for over forty years. In Cambria, he en-joyed his many years on the Board of Directors for FFRP and he served as environmental representative for NCAC for four years. He is currently treasurer for “Canzona Women’s Ensemble” in SLO, where he enjoys collaborating with Lorna’s artistry and love of music. He is also president of CAN, where he works to combine his many years of experience as a home health physical therapist with his loving neighbors who have so long served to meet the basic needs of out neighborhood.

Bruce explained that CAN provides locals with badly needed medical supplies, such as wheel chairs, walkers, etc. when they suddenly find themselves in need. In addition, CAN has a list of volunteers who are willing to drive residents to medical appointments any-where in the county. Currently CAN does have plenty of medical supplies but they are definitely in need of drivers. If you would be willing to volunteer, you can contact CAN at 927-5673. No special licensing is required, just a willingness to help a neighbor in need.

 

Otis introduced our speaker as a man he has known for over 33 years and someone who has been an inspiration to him and hopefully to many of us in the club. 

Dr. Joe began by asking us to bring up a memory of a time on the beach. Imagine the sound of the ocean and maybe the seagulls. Imagine taking a handful of sand and letting it slip through your fingers. Joe explained why it is both fun and healthy for us to play in the sand: When we’re engaged in sand play, we’re in control of our “world” – no one else is! 

. Thank you Joe for reminding us that we are never too old to play in the sand. 

 

Barbara Owen is an international expert in the areas of women and imprison-ment. Most recently, her work in SE Asia centers on implemtation of the Bangkok Rules and other human rights protections for imprisoned women. A Professor Emerita of Criminology at California State University, Fresno, she received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkley in 1984. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Owen was a Senior Researcher with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Along with Barbara Bloom and Stephanie Covington, she co-authored the policy initiative, Gender-Responsive Strategies: Research, Practice, and Guiding Principles for Women Offenders (National Institute of Corrections, 2003). She also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Thailand Institute of Justice and on the Advisory Board of the Safe Alternatives to Segregation II initiative with the Vera Institute of Jus-tice. 

Dr. Owen currently volunteers with Friends of the Elephant Seals in San Simeon and is working toward illustrating her interviews with women serving life terms. 

Barbara told us that there are 200,000 men in State prison but only $12,000 women. And, women are sentenced to State prison for crimes such as shoplifting (3-5 yrs) and marijuana (5-7 yrs). Men are sentenced to State prison for much more serious crimes and almost never for crimes like shoplifting and marijuana. 

 

Brynn Albanese is a well known Central Coast violinist who has performed over a dozen times on the PACSLO stage as Concertmaster and Soloist. She was also a member of the “iconic” band, Café Musique, for twelve years. 

She has since left the full time big stage to pursue Certification as a Therapeutic Music Practitioner and End of Life Doula (a nonmedical professional trained to care for a terminally ill person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs during the death process). She is the founder of Pneuma Melodies and, in the fall of 2022, Brynn will be pre-senting to our local hospitals, care centers and memory care centers. Her goal is to implement regular musical programming through the hiring of an onsite trained and certified therapeutic musicians as an integral part of the daily culture of our facilities. Ther-apeutic Music uses the science of sound and is complementary to conventional allopathic medicine, providing live one-on-one thera-peutic music at the bedside promotes im-proved quality of life during treatment and the healing process. Brynn told us how she takes this service one step fur-ther while sitting with the patient, she provides healing music with her one of a kind Bass Native American Flute which she played for us. 

During Brynn’s visit on Friday, she accompanied the music video of “Imagine” on her violin and treated us to Moon River and a rousing rendition of music from Moulin Rouge which had many of us clapping our hands and tapping our feet. 

 

2021-22 Community Service Committee Recap: Community Service Chair, Sue Rob-inson presented a slide show highlighting all of the ways our club contributed to pro-grams benefitting out community. She thanked the committee members for their work this year and encouraged anyone interested in serving on Community Service next year to contact 2022-23 Community Service Chair, Sandy Cha at scmumper@gmail.com. A copy of the Community Service presentation can be viewed at Community Service recap.pptx 

 

 

2021-22 International Service Committee Recap: International Service Chair, Julie Jenkins told us that the International Service Committee chose the following pro-grams to fund this year: Home for Aids Orphans, Whisper & Thunder, Lords Meade, Grace Center, Kristina Health Clinic, Saving Little Hearts in Romania, Oxygen Gener-ating Systems to India, Pace Universal and Shelter Box. Julie thanked Nancy McKarney for putting together the slide show that highlights the many accomplish-ments of the International Service Committee. The slide show can be seen at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/emjhoy3seskivmq/JuliesPresentation.pptx?dl=0 

Is there any doubt we are People of Action??? 

 

Emma Wharton, who could not be with us due to a recent COVID diagnosis, is a junior at CUHS and has been in-volved in FFA for over 5 years. Emma raises pigs and is a part of both her chapter and sectional officer team. Out-side of FFA, Emma plays volleyball, is secretary for her school’s GSA, and enjoys spending time with her friends. 

Elizabeth Reed is going to be a senior this year and has been active in FFA all three years she has attended high school. She has competed in numerous FFA speaking competitions, raises cattle and has a rabbit breeding busi-ness at the high school. She has also taken on many lead-ership roled at the chapter, sectional, and even state level. Outside of FFA, she loves to spend time with her family, including her dog, Max, and loves to work with her grand-ma, Bambi Fields. 

Elizabeth explained that this year she decided to show a steer again and a Californian rabbit meat pen. Her steer, Peter, is a black Angus cross that she bought from Miller Bros Cattle. She works with her steer for hours every day walking and show practicing to prepare him the for fair. She has also continued her rabbit breeding business and has gained more experience and confidence in running a business and being part of the livestock industry. She will take three of her kits, baby rabbits, to the fair as a rabbit meat pen who will then be sold if they are in the top four meat pens. 

Elizabeth hopes someone will consider purchasing one of her animals or donating to her projects so she can continue her rabbit breeding business and raising animals in the future. The California Mid State Fair will be holding the livestock auction at the Pavilion on Saturday, July 30 at 8 am. There will also be a virtual platform to do add-ons, which are donations through the Fair. 

You can see a copy of Elizabeth and Emma’s presentation at https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1DYls_I0k2JCD7shIc2EI-Om33rcgGQi0__qpHU6ODV4/edit?usp=sharing 

 

Coast Union FFA 

Elizabeth Reed 

Youth Services Chair, Cynthia Woodruff-Neer gave a quick recap of what Youth Services accomplished this

year. Interact raised $6,000 and made donations to numerous programs such as Doctors Without Borders,

American Cancer Society and Ukranian relief. The 4-Way Test was expanded this year to include the high school. The 1st place essay winners at each level went on to the District level and were awarded 3rd place. W sent 7 students to RYLA this year. Books were donated to all 3rd grade and 5th grade students this year. A summer Volleyball Camp is being set up with high school students doing the coaching thanks to funding from our club.

Scholarship Winners: There were 57 graduates from CUHS and Leffingwell this year and 54 applied for schol- arships. 36 from CUHS and 10 from Leffingwell applied for Rotary scholarships. Donna Crocker, Paula Porter and Cynthia reviewed the applications and, based on their academics, extracurricular, essays and interviews, selected 10 students to receive $1,000 scholarships and 3 students to receive $1,100 Service Above Self Schol- arships in honor of Sue Oberholtzer.

Alexandra Aguilar will be attending Cal Poly majoring in Political Science with the goal of becoming a Public De- fender.

Emmy Johnson will be attending Santa Barbara Community College majoring in Biology and hopes to become teacher.

Marlem Cambron will be attending cooking school with the goal of becoming a chef in one of Cambria’s resta rants.

Alexander Mercado was accepted at Cal Poly where he will be majoring in Civil Engineering.

Emiliano Pena will also be attending Cal Poly majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

Shaidy Placencia is headed to UC Davis to study Neuroscience.

Isabella Weaver will be at UCSD studying Political Science with a possible minor in Creative Writing.

Sue O. Service Above Self Scholarships were awarded to:

Jannah Al Defaaei who will be attending UC Davis majoring in Applied Chemistry.

Jonathan Cleave will be studying Business at Cal Poly.

Lisi Happel with be working towards becoming a doctor after majoring in Chemistry at UC Berkley. Congratulations to all!

Greg Mora is the senior manager for individual philanthropy at Direct Relief.

He talks to donors across the country about Direct Relief’s work. He has been

at the organization for 5 years and has traveled to Puerto Rico, El Salvador,

Honduras, and Mexico to build partnerships with local health organizations on

behalf of Direct Relief. Prior to Direct Relief, Greg consulted non-profits on corporate

engagement strategies for the protection of natural resources in Costa

Rica. He has over 10 years of non-profit experience in volunteer management,

program development, and philanthropic initiatives. Greg has a BA in Political

Science from San Francisco State University.

Direct Relief works in the U.S. and internationally to equip doctors and nurses with life-saving medical resources

to care for the world’s most vulnerable people. In 80+ countries. More than 650 tons of medical aid and

$14.7 Million in direct financial assistance has been provided to Ukraine since the conflict began. A copy of Greg’s

presentation is attached to this email. Thank you, Greg, for letting us know about this wonderful organization

Bob

Kasper

Introduced, Juli Amodei, recipient of the 2021-22 Vocational Service Award. In addition

to owning her own business, she is the mother of two children, David and Ava. He

told us that Juli moved to Cambria in 2010 and has been active in many community

projects including leading the charge to build the Skate Park. She is also n the board of

Pros, President of the CUHS Booster Club and was recently elected to the CUSD Board

of Trustees. Bob announced that a brick will be placed at the Skate Park in her honor

in recognition of her many accomplishments.

Juli told us she was honored and humbled to receive the Vocational Service Award,

She explained that she puts her energy into causes that help our children. But, she said, more work needs to be done

Vocational Service Award

 

 

Bob told us that, thanks to the brainstorming sessions of the Cambria FireSafe Focus Group, Cambria, with its aging forest of shallow-rooted, native Monterey pines, is an official FireWise Community, which means those brainstorming ses-sions are paying off in terms of town-wide readiness and education, available grants and other benefits. However, local fire experts and homeowners already are worrying about and trying to take actions to make their town safer. 

Bob has been a major player in this effort with his background as former Cambria Fire Chief and is currently the FireWise USA Representative for Cambria. We are thankful that Bob took time to put together a presentation for our club on how to be better prepared in the event of a wildfire. 

You can access Bob’s Power Point Presentation at Wildfire in the North Coast How can we be better prepared .pptx . Thanks Bob for helping us protect ourselves and our property against wildfires. 

Janet Meyers explained that today was “Senior Ditch Day” so the students were unable to attend

to read their essays. However, their essays are attached to the email with this newsletter. Janet did read the guidelines for the essay as presented by their teacher:

Using your open-ended questions, your research and the power of inquiry from last week’s unit, develop an ess on the topic of “Peace”.

How can the power of peace help us channel our moral fury in constructive ways? Discuss this excerpt from The

Art of Waging Peace:

“When people tell us about a truly unjust problem they are having, the moral fury within us can erupt like a bur ing flame. A flame is calm, but it is also intense. It is soothing, but also fierce. The flame of moral fury can be calm and soothing to those treated unjustly, while intensely and fiercely opposing the forces of injustice”. 

Moral fury is an emotion, and people with empathy and conscience often instinctually feel this emotion when they witness injustice. This is a good thing. But moral fury is not a strategy. It is not a plan or roadmap for over coming the root causes of injustice. When people criticize activists for being outragted by injustice and trying to solve problems with emotions rather than reason, we should keep in mind that feeling moral fury about injustic is not the problem, and the world would be better off if more people felt outraged by the injustices that so man ignore. Instead, the problem is when people mistake the emotion of moral fury for a strategy. Moral fury is fue that can propel a strategy toward practical solutions for reducing and ending injustice.

Peace is not the absence of war but is a state of mind: individual or collective, peace is social, cultural, political, and economic harmony, Peace can also be seen as a way of being and a way of living. Intellectual dialogue should be among civilizations and should empower the youth of today. Therefore, use the prompt(s) below and support your ideas with concrete proposals to the questions at hand. But also recognize the number of existing obstacles for the realization of a true culture of peace.

In this essay, you will develop the following open-ended questions:

  1. What does the word “peace” mean to you and how does one promote peace in one’s community?
  2. Do you think humans are naturally peaceful? Why or why not?
  1. How can the power of peace help us channel our moral fury in constructive ways?
  2. How can you promote peace within your community?

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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