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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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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.

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

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