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July 2020
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China Lake Charitable Foundation Chair
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China Lake Charitable Foundation Board Member
China Lake Charitable Foundation Board Member
Rotary Foundation Chair
Executive Secretary
Home Page Stories
Rotary District 5240 Governor Savi Bhim spoke to the Rotary Club of China Lake last Wednesday, May 6th, 2020.  She reviewed the history of Rotary's survival and growth during past times of great international difficulty and spoke about the opportunities presented by the COVID-19 outbreak for Rotary to do even more good in the world.
Screen Capture by Dr. Jim Hoover.
The Salvation Army in Ridgecrest is still seeing a heavy demand for food and personal hygiene supplies, with one recent day seeing hundreds of people showing up to receive support.  In normal times, the Salvation Army here might expect 20 people.
Last Saturday local Commander Turnie Wright received a shopping basket of donations from the Rotary Club of China Lake. 

Long time member of the Rotary Club of China Lake, Ed Jayne, has passed away.

His memorial will be held at the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church, 639 N. Norma Street, Monday, December 16th, 2019 at 1:00pm in the afternoon.

There will be a light reception to follow in the social hall.

Please join us there to help celebrate the memory of our friend and fellow Rotarian.
DRFCC Wade Nomura was recently appointed by the Rotary Foundation to serve as the Technical Coordinator of Cadres in Water and Sanitation Worldwide. Wade was asked to serve by incoming Rotary Foundation Chair Ron Burton and approved by the Board of Directors and Trustees to serve a three year term as a Technical Coordinator of Cadres for Water and Sanitation. There are 21 Technical Coordinators worldwide in Rotary, with 3 coordinators with staggered three year terms in each of the 6 Areas of Focus, and 3 in Financial Oversight. Wade will be one of three Technical Coordinators for Water and Sanitation, and the only one from North America. The Technical Coordinators have the responsibility to evaluate the grant process, work with the Trustees in making certain the grants models are efficient, and address any concerns the current grant model and policies may have, including making recommendations on improving the current system. Wade will also be serving on two Breakout Panels in Toronto on the “Role of the TRF Cadre” and on “Community Assessments”. 

The Rotary Club of China Lake's First Club President
L.J. "Captain Jack" Goddard
Club President 1951 to 1952

May 10, 1918 to April 26, 2012

Jack was born May 10, 1918 in Marion, Illinois. His mother was Sara Jo Alsbrook, and his father was Jack Hobson Goddard. Jack went to 19 different schools, growing up in Mississippi, Texas, Panama, Philippines, and even China.

Jack graduated as a Navy Ensign from a three month program at Northwestern in Chicago dubbed "90 day wonders" in 1941. He was on the Battleship USS Maryland at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and was in charge of one of the first gun crews to return fire.  The USS Maryland was parked off Ford Island, during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Goddard was bossing an anti-aircraft battery of four 1.1-inch guns five decks above the main deck.  Goddard was joined by two cooks, a postal clerk, and a laundryman whom he trained to operate the weapons while his own gun crewmen secured ammunition from a locked armory below deck.

Goddard then commanded a convoy of 11 ships from Pearl Harbor to Majuro, in the Marshall Islands. He captained his own vessel in the Pacific, the USS LST (Landing Ship Tank) 225, the flagship of Group 38, during the invasions of Saipan and Tinian. The ship delivered 500 marines and 18 tanks to island beachheads during the Battle of Saipan, and continued to maneuver and receive the wounded for five consecutive days and nights while under fire.  As executive officer of the USS Mercury, a cargo ship commissioned by the Navy for service delivering goods and equipment to ships and stations in the war zone, Goddard was responsible for the successful organization and administration of the first transferring of complete supplies to Task Force 58, the main striking force in the Pacific theatre.

After World War II ended, Jack finished college at Claremont Men's College, now called Claremont McKenna College. He was in the original group of graduating classes there, called the "Pacesetters".  Jack later served as aide to the Commanding Officer at the China Lake Naval Weapons Station, as well as Port Director in Naples, Italy.

After he left the military, he became a businessman, selling life insurance and then starting what he called "PFN" - Personal Financial Navigation". Jack continued his strong ties to CMC, establishing a CMC "4th Friday" for alumni, friends and anyone else who needed help with finding what they wanted to do for a living. Jack had a lifelong love for dogs, and rescued many dogs during his life.  Prior to his death, Jack was married to Millie for 63 years.  They were blessed with five sons, Larry, John, Bill, Dan and Tom, and their families as well as six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 
Red Badge Club
The Rotary Club of China Lake has a new member program that we call the Red Badge Club.
Membership Director Dan Kus assigns each new member a mentor.  
New members are assigned a mentor and given a list of tasks to complete to earn their blue club badge.
1.  Attend a Board Meeting
2.  Makeup at a Different Club
3.  Volunteer for a Club Project
4.  Attend a Club Social Event
5.  Help the Sergeant at Arms
6.  Be a Greeter
7.  Bring a Potential Rotarian to Lunch
8.  Give a Classification Talk
Red Badgers and their mentors are able to log-in and enter the date each task is completed.
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China Lake

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 11:45 AM
Clarion Inn
901 N. China Lake Blvd
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
United States of America

(760) 608-9776
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