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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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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.

Michael O’Sullivan 

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Save the date November 3, 2018 
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Pres. Mike, as one of his last chores as President, took time to thank a number of people who helped make his year as President a successful one by gifting them with a copy of Be Mindful & Stress Less by Gina M. Biegel. This book was ded- icated to Mike’s nephew, Tomas, who committed suicide a couple of years ago. This is a topic on many people’s minds lately so this book is very meaningful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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John Ehlers entertained us with a collection of motivational posters. There is a link to his presentation, showing all the posters, in the email that also con- tains a link to this newsletter. It is worth the time to check these out because of the photos on the poster. Here are quotes from some of the posters:

Mistakes: It Could Be That the Purpose of Your Life Is Only to Serve as a Warning to Others.

Irresponsibility: No Single Raindrop Believes it is to Blame for the Flood

Dysfunction: The Only Consistent Feature of All of Your Dissatisfying Relationships is You.

Ambition: The Journey of a Thousand Miles Sometimes Ends Very, Very Badly.

Flattery: If You Want to Get to the Top, Prepare to Kiss a Lot of the Bottom

Individuality: Always Remember That You Are Unique. Just Like Everybody Else.

Cluelessness: There Are No Stupid Questions, But There Are a LOT of Inquisitive Idiots.

Problems: No Matter How Great and Destructive Your Problems May Seem Now, Remember, You’ve Probably Only Seen the Tip of Them

Teamwork: A Few Harmless Flakes Working Together Can Unleash an Avalanche of Destruction Idiocy: Never Underestimate the Power of Stupid People in Large Groups.

Ignorance: It’s Amazing How Much Easier it is for a Team to Work Together When No One Has Any Idea Where They’re Going.

Underachievement: The Tallest Blade of Grass Is the First to be Cut by the Lawnmower And a couple of personal favorites:

Until You Spread Your Wings, You’ll Have No Idea How Far You Can Walk.

Aspirations: When chickens dream


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apparently there are a few Rotarians who need to be reminded of the Four Way Test because there was a lot of lying going on at Friday’s meeting.

Once again, the amazing duo of Tim & Nancy Carr produced four very strange items and four of Cambria Rotary’s best (Bob Kasper, Ron Perry, Kate Perry and Rick Auricchio) were tasked with properly identifying each item. The rest of us had to decide which of the four contestants was telling the truth (not that any of them could be trusted, mind you). After a few wise cracks from the peanut gallery the true purpose of each item was exposed. Just one more example of “If it Ain’t Fun, it Ain’t Rotary”.

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Congratulations to the 2018 RYLA Graduates!

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

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

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

Jay (with Pat manning the video) told us about how they have travelled 15 different countries in their Model A. In 1999, the Burbank’s went to Baja and met up with a group of Model A enthusiasts that enjoyed travelling the world in their antique cars. It sounded like fun, and we know Pat & Jay are always in the market for fun, so they signed on.

Their first trip, in 2001, was to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Lichtenstein and Italy. There were over 50 cars on their tour. On September 11, while in Germany, they heard of the terrorist attacks but, realizing there was no way they would be able to get a plane ride home, decided to continue on their trip. They were approached numerous times throughout the trip by Europeans wanting to express their sympathy to this group of Americans.

In 2003, 24 cars, all driven by veterans, travelled through France and Monaco. They put a wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier in Normandy. When they arrived in Monaco, the parking area outside the casino had been reserved for their 24 cars.

2004 found them in Australia where they drove Nullarbor Plan, 1500 miles of desert. At one point, they drove 90 miles without turning the steering wheel. While in Cape Leevwin, the most south-westerly mainland point of Australia, between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the price of gas was $9 per gallon!

In 2008, the group toured 5 provinces of Canada and in 2012, toured Canada and the Pacific Northwest . 2013 brought them on a drive along the Lincoln Highway and in 2014, on a tour

of Utah’s National Parks. Lest you think all this travelling wore these two out, in 2017, they made a trip to Spain and Portugal and then decided to embark on a trip through Gold Rush country.

Thank you to Pat & Jay for a very interesting and fun presentation.


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

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

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

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

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

Permits have been pulled and a September opening is planned.

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

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

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

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

Roger Robinson shared information he received from the PETS conference he attended in February. Some of the key points:

  •   In an attempt to better explain what Rotary is all about RI has come up with a new “elevator
    speech” that can be used the next time someone asks you “what is Rotary?: “We’re a
    leadership organization of local business, professional and civic leaders. We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships, and through that, we’re able to get things done in this community”.

  •   More people join Rotary for friendship and local impact than any other reason.

  •   Rotary’s #1 priority is membership! Without members there is no Rotary. Clubs may now offer associate, corporate (business), family or other types of membership and our club will be looking into a number of options to increase our membership, integrating new members into the club and providing training where needed.

  •   RI also recommends forming committees (rather than assigning just a single person) for Service, Membership, Publicity, TRF, Grants and Awards, joining Avenues of Service, which already has committees.

  •   When Avenues of Service makes a donation or participates in an activity, it is important that a photo be taken (when possible) and that photo be posted on the District website, social media, etc.

  •   RI also recommends varying our meetings. Some suggestions include, rather than having a speaker every week, alternate the speakers with a vocational talk, a Rotary information session and committee updates. It was also suggested that, for months with 5 Fridays, have an evening social hour at a local bar or restaurant and encourage everyone to bring a guest.

  •   Council on Legislation: Some changes announced are: Attendance: Clubs can relax or tighten rules on attendance; Rule of 85: Rotarians can be excused from attendance if the combined total of years of membership plus age equals 85, with years of membership total at least 20. Fees: Clubs can relax/tighten admission fees. RI dues may increase annually; Meetings: a minimum of 2 are required each month and the club can decide where and when; Magazines: 2 Rotarians living at the same address can request just one copy of the Rotarian Magazine.

We were treated to a wonderful concert by 15 talented students from Belflower High School. They began by singing an arrangement of Star Spangled Banner by our own Ron Perry and their were goose bumps and tears throughout the room. They followed that with California Dreamin’, Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me, Doodlin, You Will Be Found, Come Go With Me and L-O-V-E Love. They had us all stomping our feet! What a great program.

A big thanks to Ron Perry for inviting them to our meeting, and to their choral director, Carolyn Kelley

Otis Archie introduced our speaker, Lu Chi Fa. “We’re talking inspiration and this man is an inspiration”.

Double Luck is the story of a boy named Lu Chi Fa who was born in China. When he was three years old, both his parents died, leaving him one thing: his name, which means "new beginning." For an orphan passed from relative to relative, and even sold into slavery, the name "new beginning" was most appropriate.

Lu Chi Fa does not remember the name of the Communist chief who paid five hundred pounds of rice for me. He was middle-aged and had recently married for the first me. His new wife had a twenty-year-old son. Communist Father reasoned that his stepson was too old for him to train, but I was a very small boy, and in his eyes, I was still trainable. Little Chi Fa would make an obedient son. Communist Father said his stepson was Number One Son and I was Number Two Son. We made him twice lucky. That was how I got my new name, Shang Shii, which means "double luck”.

When Chi Fa was a little boy and called out for help, no one answered. He promised himself then and there, that if ever he were successful he would do something to help others. Now that his memoirs have been published, he is keeping that promise. Copies of Double Luck are sold in his restaurant, at book signings, and online. Revenue from sales have been given to the Morro Bay and Atascadero libraries in California for their children's programs. Additional contributions have been made to the Morro Bay Library to renovate their children's room and to Cal Poly (in San Luis Obispo) for student scholarships.

You can purchase copies of Double Luck: Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan at Or at Lu Chi Fa’s business, The Co ee Pot Restaurant which is located at 1001 Front Street (on the Embarcadero) in Morro Bay, California 93442. Hours: 7am-2pm

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

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

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

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


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

DG John Weiss introduced our speaker, Deepa Willingham, a naturalized citizen of the United States, who was born and brought up in Calcutta, India where she obtained her primary and secondary education under the stewardship of Mother Teresa, who was her teacher, undergraduate degree at the University of Calcutta and came to the United States in 1964 to pursue graduate degrees. She is an active Rotarian and she is the Founder/Chair of PACE Universal. Through PACE Universal and the Piyali Learning Center (PLC) she is
meticulously “selling” the concept of allowing girls to be educated instead of being married in early childhood or being sent to work, or being sold for sex trade. Through her efforts and use of personal resources she is determined to make PLC a poverty eradication proto-type model that others can duplicate to heal a hurting planet. John named her “Trouble Maker” and Jane Howard lovingly refers to her as OCIW (one crazy Indian woman).

Deepa painted a troubling picture for us but, thanks to her work, we also saw hope in that picture. She explained that the planet is in trouble. There are 7.5 billion people in the world and by 2050 there will be 10 billion. One in five of them will be illiterate unless something is done. Poverty cannot lead to peace. More people in the world have cell phones than have toilets. 62 million girls are not allowed to go to school. 2 million children die in armed conflicts. 300,000 children in the United States are at risk. There are between 20 and 30 million slaves in the world. 60% of the world’s hungry are woman. Every 7 seconds a young girl becomes a child bride. Educating women adds 12 trillion dollars to the economy.

Piyali Learning Center, which was founded by Deepa in 2003, is a fully equipped and environmentally sustainable school for more than 200 girls ranging from nursery to 12th grade. Each student receives a state-approved academic education, books and supplies, uniforms, breakfast and lunch, hygiene kits, medical care and life skills training. On this three-acre site, girls have access to computer labs and large classrooms where they study subjects from math and English to dance. Many students face danger at home. So we created Safe Abode for Education (SAFE), which provides on-campus housing for girls at high risk of abuse, exploitation or being sold. SAFE allows them to complete their education while living a life free from fear. For a donation of $375 a year, girls receive 2 meals a day and an education.

Sadly, explained Deepa, young girls in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties are also at risk of human trafficking. She is currently working on creating safe houses in our county. Deepa and PACE Universal, whose mission is to end trafficking and abject poverty through education, particularly of girls and women, will be holding a fundraiser, Bollywood Night 2.0, on April 29. For more information, go to: htpp:// uploads/2018/02/Bollywood-Night-2.0-Invita on.2018-op mized.pdf

To view the video Deepa showed us of some of the girls at Piyali Learning Center, go to: h ps:// watch?v=3j8ztlRH9lQ& . Considering these girls are from a rural community in India where girls tend to their families, work as laborers or domestic servants, endure abuse, including being trafficked or married off as children, this video will inspire you.

“We know that if you can get girls into schools and keep them there, you can change the course of a nation.”
~ Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan.

In 2010, Lynne & Tim Martin decided to sell their home, disburse most of their belongings and travel the world for the rest of their lives. Lynne’s popular blog,, chronicles their nomadic life, which was the cover article of The Wall Street Journal's “Next” section in October 2012. It was the most commented-upon WSJ article of the month, was featured on the front page of, and was picked up by the Huffington Post, Fodor’s Travel Intelligence, Hacker News, and others. Her work has also appeared in Mark Chimsky’s book, 65 Things to Do When You Retire, Internayional Living, the Huffington Post, and others.

Born in Texas and raised in Chicago, Lynne studied journalism in college, and worked in radio and television for a number of years. She founded Maynor and Associates, a public relations firm in Hollywood, specializing in publicity for actors, television and movies. Her firm’s efforts resulted in The Man Who Skied Down Everest winning the 1976 Academy Award for best feature documentary. Later, she formed a gourmet cheese company whose products were distributed in upscale markets throughout the U.S., and was co-owner of an equipment-leasing brokerage furm. She is the mother/stepmother of four daughters and grandmother of seven.

Lynne and her husband Tim, a novelist, have lived in Mexico, Argentina, Turkey, France, Italy, Great Britain, Ireland, and Morocco since they became home free. She now has no permanent address and intends to keep it that way until the wheels fall off sometime in the next thirty years.”

Dr. Joe gave a fascinating presentation about some ancient teachings that remain relevant to maintaining balance in our lives. He reminded us of some lessons learned over thousands of years regarding the importance of:

  • Feeling safe

  • Experiencing passion and creativity

  • Using our energy carefully

  • Living from the heart

  • Healthy communication

  • Gaining and utilizing wisdom

  • Clearing the mind

  • And perhaps leave us with a reminder to pause and be in awe of this thing called life – and all that it offers

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.


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

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 htt pamaroksociety-orgwordpress201112191gembook/ or by going to 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.


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 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 

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

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


Festival of Trees

Trees, Wreaths and other items for the auction will benefit the charity of choice. None of the money will be shared with any other entity. In addition, any profit from the event ( through ticket sales, raffles, etc) will be shared among the non-profits participating in the auction. Save the Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018.   Tickets $50.00           Please click on the logo for more information

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Roger Robinson
Jul 06, 2018
Rotary 2018-2019
Mary Ann Carson at Sam Simeon
Jul 27, 2018
Viva 2018
Julia Rice
Aug 03, 2018
Nigerian Culture
Andrew Crosby
Sep 21, 2018
Atheletics at CUHS
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June 2018
Member Birthdays:
  • Bonnie Cameron
    June 7
  • Karen Pelle
    June 13
  • Greg Sanders
    June 30
  • Phillip Sullivan
    July 2
  • Steve Ormondroyd
    July 3
  • Del Clegg
    July 8
  • Joe Morrow
    July 12
  • Ed Pearce
    July 15
  • Kate Perry
    July 17
  • Jane R. Howard
    July 23
  • Tim Carr
    July 23
  • Ron Castadio
    July 31