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Cambria Pines Lodge
2905 Burton Drive
(805) 927-4200
Cambria, CA  93428
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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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Barbara Burns introduced our speaker, Dr. Tom Neuhaus, Cal Poly Professor Emeritus and co-founder of Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates, Inc., who spoke about his plan for social justice in the chocolate industry. Dr. Neuhaus explained that most of the chocolate we eat is made by African child labor, many of these children are virtually slaves. In 2006, Dr. Neuhaus co-founded Project Hope and Fairness, with the goal of creating a chocolate industry which does not rely on child labor and, yet returns fair profits to local cocoa farmers and chocolate manufacturers. He’s focused on three cocoa-rich countries: The Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Grizzly Youth Academy Mentor Program

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Truth is we are all people

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

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

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

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

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

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

Julia Rice introduced speaker Todd Cli , owner of Moonstone Cellars, which was conceived in a basement overlooking Moonstone Beach where Todd and his father, Muril, began making wine in 1998.

Todd began by telling us how he chucked his corporate job to dive into making wine on a full me basis. A er volunteering at a number of wineries to work for free so he could learn the business and being turned down each me, he nally got a job in the tas ng room at Harmony Cellars where winemaker, Chuck Mulligan, took him under his wings.

Todd then explained the six “S’s” of wine tasting: See, Swirl, Smell, Sip, Spit or Swallow, Savor, while treating us to tastings of some of Moonstone’s wonderful wines. Needless to say, a good me was had by all!

Janet Myers introduced speaker Tess Wright, former LA & Orange Co. Court
Mediator, who now operates Painted Lily Gallery in Cambria and lectures on Art
History. Tess gave a slide presentaion which illustrated the fascinating career of
the photographer, beginning with the Rolling Stones and the Beatles in the 70’s
and more recently providing over 100 covers for Vanity Fair. Tess showed several of the iconic photos, which have made Annie famous: i.e. “The Last Kiss” of John Lennon and Yoko Ono on the day he was killed. With the inspiration from long me friend and partner Susan Sontag, Annie has joined Gloria Steinem in the worldwide documentation of the character of women for a new book.

Barbara Burns introduced Sue Sloan whom she met several years ago on a scuba diving trip in Honduras. Sue became an ocean lover and enthusiast after moving to San Luis Obispo over 40 years ago. SCUBA diving became her life’s passion after getting certified in 2005. She has made 100’s of dives off the CA coast and around the world. She earned her Rescue Diver certification and Scientific Research Diver with Reef Check. Sue has filmed and produced two underwater movies, Central Coast rockfish and California Central Coast Kelp Forest. Due to her love of the ocean and desire to keep it healthy, Sue has been involved in several group underwater clean-ups in Morro Bay, Avila and Hawaii where large amounts of trash and debris have been removed and discarded.

Why would anyone want to kayak scuba dive? The coast of San Luis Obispo County is super rugged and there is a great deal of marine life, from seals and sharks to fish and whales and the scuba diving environment is just stunning.

Sue has made over 100 dives with dive buddy and marine biologist, Terry Lilly. She is one of the only female kayak divers on the Central Coast.

Everyone was riveted to the screen as Sue played a movie of a dive she and fellow diver, Terry Lilley took. You can see part of this video at h ps:// 


Janet Meyers introduced today’s presenters, Rebecca Hendrick and Judy Zaretzka of Bellissimo Handbells. Re- becca has been singing ever since she can remember and has played handbells for over 15 years. She has degrees in Music and Educa on from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where she sang in the world-renowned choir, and a graduate degree in Educa on from Santa Clara University. A er an elementary teaching career, Judy played bells at Arroyo Grande First Methodist Church. A er a chance mee ng with Rebecca at the 2015 SLO Spring Ring Fes - val, she has been working on four-in-hand and eight bell duets.

While there are usually 10-12 bell ringers in a handbell group, these talented ladies were able to keep us entertained all on their own. According to Rebecca, most bell players, while performing, look scared, dead or ??? That is the main reason she was drawn to Judy, who smiles throughout the per- formance! Rebecca explained that there is evidence of the existence of bells as far back as the middle ages. The bells be- came important because it was believed they kept evil spirits away so were placed by the entrance to homes and building, a precursor to the doorbell.

When people died, the family would hire a bell ringer to
play bells at the bedside of the deceased to ward o evil spirits. The more the bell ringer was paid, the bigger the bell!!

We were treated to a couple of songs including the choral masterpiece "I Was Glad" by Sir Charles Hubert Has- ngs Parry (the same song played when Kate Middleton walked up the aisle on her wedding day) and “Love Me Tender”.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable presentation. Thank you ladies.

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

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

Rotarians helped at the recent Blood Drive last Thursday. In charge of the Rotarians was Miguel Hernandez, 2nd from left and in the center. Helping out for the first hour was Elaine Beckham - and yes, it was windy. The gent on the right was with the United Blood Bank of SLO.

Chris Cameron, accompanied by Celeen, an almost 3 year old peregrine falcon, presented some interesting facts about these amazing birds. Peregrine Falcons can fly up to 240 mph. 45% of all birds migrate and that is about 4000 species. In our hemisphere birds migrate north in spring and south in fall seeking food and sex!!!! Some birds actually fly at 37,000 feet - cold and minimal oxygen. Some birds fly 8 days straight over 7000 miles and never stop to eat or sleep. Peregrine falcons mate for life and they always migrate solo and meet their mates at the destination. If their mate is not there, they find sex with someone else. Morro Rock Peregrine falcons do not migrate - plenty of food and plenty of sex there! Chris’s ultimate goal in life is to care for people and to care for the earth.

Sharon Harvey, President and Peter Kalibbala, a director of Lords Meade Vocational College (right) and John Kirkwood (left), Founder and Headmaster of the college in Uganda spoke at our meeting on May 26, 2017 Our club has sponsored students in the past and Paula and Gerry Porter have visited the campus on two separate occasion. 
At one time Jesca Acipa attended Lords Meade however, she now attends St. Peters Senior Secondary School in Kampala.
Both Peter and John are members of the Rotary Club of Jinja, Uganda.


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November 2017
Member Birthdays:
  • Rick Auricchio
    November 1
  • Lance Morales
    November 8
  • Bruce W. Howard
    November 9
  • Monty G. Rice
    November 11
  • Barbara Burns
    November 27
  • Chuck Devroede
    November 30
  • Dan Balfe
    November 30
  • Dennis White
    November 30
  • Julie Hastings
    November 30
  • Patti Minutello
    December 1
  • Patrick Hampton
    December 7
  • Janet Meyers
    December 9
  • Richard Torchia
    December 29