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On May 23rd we wlecomed  our newest member, Jane Lewis.  Jane comes to us from the Bakerfield's field club.  DGE Sandi Schwartz was on hand to give a great introduction as Jane is a former member of the Bakersfield club.  
New Member Beverly Goble 2018-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
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March 28th we will be visiting  Arroyo Grande Physical Therapy  at 117 S Halcyon Rd at noon.  Lunch will be provided so if you haven't sign up yet please let Terry or Bev know your joining us.  
 
  April 25th We have an opportunity to tour our new Airport Terminal.  We'll start with lunch at Spirit of San Luis  at 12 with the tour starting at 12:45.  Sign up is required and                                                 space is limited.  
 
 
                                                                      Our final Vocational visit is to the Avila Lighthouse on May 30th at 4:45pm   We'll park our cars and ride to trolley up to the lighthouse where we will start                                                                             our tour.  Following the tour we will have a lite supper, enjoy the fabulous views  and of course there will be wine.  Make sure to bring your cameras!  We                                                                             need a minimum of 20 people but no more than 28.  As of today we have slots for 14 more.
Upcoming Vocational Visits Beverly Goble 2018-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
March 21st we have a very special guest speaker, Wade Nomura Beverly Goble 2018-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
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Scott Nichols, immediate past president and current Foundation chair, discussed  bequest society membership.  What it is and how to enrolled,  Bequest society members are those that give $10,000 or more via your estate plans.  Forms were passed out and by signing up you can do good in the world beyond your lifetime.  
Your Rotary Legacy Beverly Goble 2018-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
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The 2nd annual Band, Burgers and Brews is in the books.  I know I had fun and from our guest comments they did too.  A huge thank you to everyone that worked to make this a successful event! Steve & Linda Curry, Scott  & Sandy Nichols, Carla Muller, Terry Merlo, Agnes Jensen, Jeannie Varela, Bob Perrault, Matt Bronson, Bruce Ekmanian, Lettie Fuller, Connie Wilkerson and a huge Thanks to Deshia & Mike of ManRock for hosting our event.  
 
Thanks also goes to our sponsors  :                                     Spencers Market for providing the food
Gold sponsor RaboBank
Silver sponsors  American Title & Ekmanian Tax & Accounting
Bronze sponsor Terry Merlo - Insurance and Fanancial services
 
And of Course SoundHouse and the Jammies for the awesome music.  
 
          
2nd Annual Bands Burgers & Brews a great success Beverly Goble 2017-10-16 07:00:00Z 0
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Our vocational visit to Peacock Cellars new Tasting Room was lots of fun.  We started the day having our box lunch and tasting wine.  We were then greeted by Logan Nichols, who also with his wife own Peacock.  Today they were bottling so their day started at 4:30am, while the bottling was finished we got to see the area where the barrels on stored and the truck that comes to assist in bottling.  If you missed it the tasting room is open Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm. 
 
    
Vocational Visit to Peacock Cellars Tasting Room Beverly Goble 2017-08-30 07:00:00Z 0
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We have to important community service opportunities in September.  Please mark your Calendars 
 
September 9th  AMSURF Time to be announced 
September 16th  Community Work Day  meet at 10 am at Ramona Park
Important Upcoming Dates Beverly Goble 2017-08-29 07:00:00Z 0
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Fritz Meir the director for Gleanings for the Hungry was our speaker on August 23.  Fritz explained how they can make a bowl of nutritious soup for as little as 1 cent  and a crew of all volunteer labor.  In fact they have a 2 year waiting list of people that want to come work.  They even pay $100 a week to work!  Peach season just finished though they process more that peaches.  Also includes all pit fruit grown around the valley.  Youth from churches as far away as Canada come to work in the peach plant.  (Need youth because of the hot area temps.) The fruit is what can't be sold in markets due to imperfections.  
Special Speaker Fritz Meir Beverly Goble 2017-08-23 07:00:00Z 0
District Governor Social at the Curry's Beverly Goble 2017-07-27 07:00:00Z 0
Our club program was the presentation of each of the charities submitted by the members.  There were eleven charities in all and we will be choosing where we each want to put our $300 at the next two meetings. Here is a description of each charity.
 
Scot Nichols shared about Big Brothers Big Sisters.  There mission is to provide to children facing adversity with strong enduring professional supported 1 to 1 relationships that change lives for the better forever.
 
Breven Baima shared on Jeannie Varela behalf El Padrecito Ministries.  El Padrecito was started by Father Masseo Gonzales in Guadalupe is evangelizing Youth through the arts, media and entertainment.  They offer classes to to disadvantaged children and their families in hiphop, ballet and tap.
 
John Peters shared about the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition.  The 5Cities Homeless Coalition is working to strengthen the south San Luis Obispo County community by mobilizing resources, hope, and support for the homeless and those facing poverty.  There are currently 8 board members and are looking for additional members.  The coalition has reduced our homeless from 80 to 24. 
 
Club Grant Program Beverly Goble 2017-02-01 08:00:00Z 0
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Wednesday, January 25 marked the 6th month of the 2016/2017 year.  We have had lots of successes and we need to continue staying focused and reach the rest of our goals.  
Successes include:   We have an excellent name in the community,  friends have been made and hearts touched
                                    We have over $32,000 in the bank
                                    We have had 2 new members join
                                    The 12 letter campaign
                                     Rotary reunion party
                                    4 socials
                                    monthly service
                                    We have sponsored 2 children in Uganda
                                    Vest for all service projects
                                    We welcome all guests with a  handshake and a followup
                                    email.
                                    We restarted our adopt a Solider program
                                    We volunteered with the Stop Hunger Campaign
                                    We help serve at Amsurf
                                    We donated $300 to Jr Roller Derby
                                    Our attendance rate is 90%
                                    We added Trunk or Treat to the City of Grover Beach's Halloween Carnival with 400 kids attending
                                    We finally found a great  Annual fundraiser Bands, Burgers and Brews
                                    We have the Beer/Wine booth at the Concerts in the Park for the City of Grover Beach
                                    We hosted the Police/Fire appreciation Lunch
While we have accomplished much there's still more to be done.
                                      We want to add 5 new members and to help with that Rotary has a new elevator speech when asked What's 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 the community."
                                     We have new "You've been noticed" cards to hand out as an invitation to come check us out.
                                     Pins For Polio fundraiser need teams and banners
                                     
The top reason people join Rotary is to meet new people and a strong club is a thriving club.  
 
President Scott Nichol's 6 month review Beverly Goble 2017-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
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Pam Storton a realtor/broker for 29 years and the 2015 Realtor of the year spoke to us about the Women's Council of Realtor.  Women's Council of Realtor is a national organization that started in 1938 and the Central Coast group chartered in 2003 and has 88 members with 17 national affliate members.  Their focus is on leadership, business and networking.
Pam Storton with Women's Council of Realtors Central Coast Beverly Goble 2017-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Our club made a $300 donation to the Roller Derby of San Luis Obispo and President Nichols presented the check to Dawn Marie on the derby's behalf.  Dawn Marie stated that this money will help provide skates, and insurance for kids that can't afford them. 
President Scott Nichols presents donation check Beverly Goble 2017-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Anna Boyd-Bucy of Big Brothers Big Sisters shared with us about the organization and how we can get involved.  BIGS provides mentors for children ages 5 to 25 .  There goal is to provide at risk children a mentor that will make their lives better.  These children have asked for a big brother or sister to help them.  The goal is to help them through to high school and college.  Many of these kids are struggling with school and come from low income families. 92% of the children make better peer relationship after being matched with a mentor.  76% learn right from wrong also from their mentor.  77% do better in school.  These children appreciate just having someone to spend time with them.  Mentors range in age from college age to grandparents in their 80"s.  Right now there are 50 children waiting for a big brother or sister. 
January 11 special speaker, Anna Boyd-Bucy, Big Brothers Big Sisters Beverly Goble 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Sandy Nichols was chosen as the Rotarian of the month for December.  Congratulations!
Sandy Nichols was chosen as the Rotarian of the month for December.  Congratulations!
Copy of December Rotarian of the Month Beverly Goble 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Lettie started sailing in 2005, mostly due to her sister and brother-in-law were into sailing.  Their first trip was in Belize,  Lettie and her husband were asked to provision the boat as her sister was delayed,  so knowing nothing they proceed to got to the different markets to order supplies, which were delivered  to the ship.  In 2008  sailing lessons were begun to prepare for a  trip to the Caribbean.
 
There is alot to learn to go sailing on the ocean,  but most important is to respect the ocean.  This trip took about a year to plan with 21 people going on the trip.  They rented 4 boats and set off from Rhode Island Sound and Nantucket Sound.  They saw land the entire time, they would cruise during the day and anchor at night.  They had all levels of sailors with their group from the San Luis Yacht Club and traveled 217 nautical miles averaging 9 knots (about 12 mph).  Currently they are planning a Mexico trip for next year.  Lettie has a 38 ft catamaran moored in Santa Barbara.
Copy of Lettie Fuller shares her East Coast Sailing Trip Beverly Goble 2017-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Matt Bronson Grover Beach's new City Manager talked with us about Measure L on the ballot.  This measure is about commercial cannabis regulation and that these types of business would be restricted to industry areas.  It will take a 50% +1 vote to approve. 
 
Matt also stated he had never been to a rotary meeting and that he was also joining our club.
Matt Bronson, Grover Beach City Manager Beverly Goble 2016-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
President Scott Nichols kicked off the meeting with updates from the last Board Meeting.   
1.  1st major fundraiser is September 24th Bands Burgers & Brews to be held at Man Rock Brewing.  Tickets are available to sell at $50 ea, see Michael Hunstad.  
2.  Rosa's is increasing the cost for lunch effective August 1st to $21.00 price is locked in for 2 years.
3.  Save the date - August 31st Member Reunion Party held at Breven's
4.  Rotary workday vests are being ordered
5. We'll be giving a Rotary Pen as a gift to our speakers
6.  Please use the front entrance - we are testing out a new seating format.
 
Bruce Ekmanian - Treasurer
Asked that we pay your bill and that invoices are sent out by email.  If you are not getting your invoice make sure Bruce has the correct email for you. You can also find your bill on clubrunner.
 
Steve Curry - International and Foundation
The President will be giving out 1 Paul Harris this year.  We are on track to give 7 Paul Harris's  The money given to the Foundation is used in 1.  designated for annual giving  and 2.  money in RI is used for grants that brings money back into our district.  We have two (2) grants for this year  the bench at the Pismo Preserve, which we went in with the Pismo Club and for the track meet we have in May.
 
We can join with other clubs in the district on other international projects.  We are also going to again sponsor our two (2) student in Uganda.
Club Assenby Highlights Beverly Goble 2016-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Ron Brown shared with us about his love of technology that started at a very young age.  In 2nd grade he was introduced to the computer and it was his goal to break it apart and see how it worked.  Ron's original goal was to be an occupational therapist but so many people asked for help, he was making money more and more so he set that aside.  By his sophomore year he had all the necessary credits to graduate so he hacked into the school district computer system.    
 
Ron's been married for almost 20 years and has 2 children and currently works at Digital West.  He's found that its less about the technology and more about people and building relationships
Ron Brown filled in as a last minute speaker with his craft talk. Beverly Goble 2016-06-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Steve Geil, President Elect of the  Cayucos Club Seaside shared with us about creating a Rotary Educational Campus at the El Chorro Outdoor School.    The outdoor school reaches 10,000 kids both for our school district and others around the state.  The facilities are in need of repair and updating.  Clubs around the area are joining together to make a state of the art outdoor educational campus emphasizing  taking care of our physical environment while using the Four Way Test.  This project would use Rotary's images and brand and offer the opportunity to bring a global project to the heart of California
Special Speaker Steve Geil of the Cayucos Club Beverly Goble 2016-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
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Special guest speaker, Katie Chambers with  Engineers Without Borders  (EWB) Katie is a 4th year student at Cal Poly graduating this spring and will be continuing her studies in Boulder Colorado in the fall.  
 
EWB has four international projects in Thailand, India, Nicaragua and Malawi, plus a local project in Paso Robles. They are working towards improving sanitation in India, providing food storage and safer bridges Thailand, building a public school Nicaragua, and creating a bike powered maize mill in Malawi.  The local project is to build an eco-friendly restroom for Camp Natoma, which is part of Camp Fire USA.
 
The club was founded in 2005 and has over 200 members spanning all 6 colleges at Cal Poly.  Awards they have received West Coast Region Premier Student club 2015 and in 2012 project Malawi, which they have been involved with since 2005.  The Malawi project they have been working in the community of Kumponda since 2013.  All of the projects that do teaches the community how to use what they already have to grow food security, water accessibility, and nearby healthcare. 
 
The Nicaragua team has been working with one community for the last 10 years on a water system and distribution.  They are now moving to a new community Cuajachillo where they will be designing a water and distribution system as the people spend most of their day fetching water.
 
The India team is working on a 4 stage santation system.
 
Malawi team is designing a bicycle power maize mill, working on a compost system, along with working on their healthcare system
 
Camp Natoma team is designing an efficient restroom.  The camp is used for kids k - 12 and the impact of the project is school wide.
May 18, 2016 Beverly Goble 2016-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Janis Nichols updated us on what's been happening since her last visit in 2012.  The community services center didn't happen, but they have set up a virtual services center.  One of the large problems that the Coalition faces is the increase of rents by 40% in our area, plus the doubling of deposits.   All this is causing families to double up in housing, or losing their rentals due to new owners that are renovating and then raising rents.  So far in the 1st quarter of the year the coalitions has had 3x's the requests as last year.  The housing program last year helped 45 families get housing,  and housed 40 Vet's families.  During the rains this past winter they operated a warming center at social services and helped with the homeless that were removed from their encampment by the train station.  There are about 1,000 homeless youth and 150 that are without family.    Some of the family's that have been helped have been moved our of the area where they have more options and family support.
 
Volunteers are needed to come along side and teach budgeting and to work the warming center.   
Janna Nichols, 5Cities Homeless Coalition Beverly Goble 2016-04-27 00:00:00Z 0
  Our special speakers were Steve Derose and Jim Souza with the County Department of Education.  They explained how our local High School are teaching and preparing students both college bound and now career ready.  California does a good job preparing those that are college bound, not not in what happens next, developing transferrable skills to the job market.  In the 60's and 70's the basics and life skills,  the 80's started gearing towards college.  37% of high school student go to college, with 2 out 10 actually finishing.  Students leaving high school were not prepared with the skills to enter the job market.  Today's south county schools have developed work based learning for those student not seeking college.  Steve and Jim are seeking employers that will reach out and make a difference in our youth and community.  Business that will partner with our high schools to provide work-based learning.  A job fair is planned for May so that students can see what's available, get their resumes ready and learn real-life skills needed in today's job market.  
 
Areas where your business could help is being a speaker, job shadow opportunity, be a mentor, a summer job position,  internship, externship for a teacher be a panel judge or be a member of the advisory committee.  If interested contact Lor Pena at lpena@slocoe.org or 805-782-7258. 
 
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Update:  Our club donated $1000 to the Shelter Box
 
Epic Entertainment will be hosted the Arroyo Grande Grover Beach Chamber mixer on May 27th 5pm
 
Reminder to share your Rotarian magazine when your finished reading it.  Put a label on it and drop at area businesses that have magazines for their waiting rooms.
Steve Derose & Jim Souza of County Office of Education Beverly Goble 2016-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
  Marvin Jackmon of Southern California Gas gave us an update on the pipeline work being done throughout San Luis Obispo county.  His job is to advise cities, businesses and residents about the work that is happening.  He is also told us that SOCAGAS is looking to sponsor community activities in our community.  The pipeline work that's being worked on is Price St in Pismo, which is Phrase 1.  Phrase 2 will be under the rail road and Phrase 3 is James Way ending at the Hilton Garden Hill at 4th and James.  The safety of customer, employees and communities are there top priority.  Additional areas where pipe will be replaced is Halcyon Rd from 101 to Hwy 1 to Valley Rd in Arroyo Grande and in September Valley Rd from Fair Oaks to Los Berros.  Two weeks prior to construction letters will be mailed to customers near the construction area, followed by door hangers going out 2 days before construction. mobilization.
 
SoCalGas' plan is expected to generate more than $1.9 billion in economic activity based on direct and indirect and supporting services.  Governments (State & Local) should see a $9 million boost in tax benefits from the Pipeline activitites along with more than 1,800 jobs.  SlCalGas has committed that 35% of its spending be invested in diverse businesses, and it's on track to meet this goal.
Guest Speaker Marvin Jackmon Beverly Goble 2016-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
  Jim & Jeff shared with us about their trip to Paraguay.  Jeff had a client that had lots of shoes and wanted to give them away.  Jim's daughter was spending time in Paraguay with the Peace Corp.  The Peach Corp accepted about 250  pairs of shoes, but there were many more left.  Jeff reached out to the Rotary Club in Paraguay and was connected with a Rotarian who was an importer.  While the strike in LA hindered the shipment after 3 months sitting on the docks they finally shipped but with additional cost.  Only problem was Paraguay doesn't accept import shoes, this problem was eventually solved.  Shoes went to a program to single mom's, these kids had never had a pair of shoes.  Unless you are wealthy, the people had never received a gift so didn't know to even say thank you.  Most adults had never even been to the capitol from their villages so they had never heard of Rotary.  The kids each planted a tree to recieve their shoes.    
 
"Creating world peach one pair of shoes at a time"   Jim Eaton
 
 
Our President, Breven Baima is currently vacationing in Cancun, but still made the time to visit the Rotary Club of Cancun and sent us a photo of the exchange of flags.
    
 
 
 
Jeff Priola & Jim Eaton of SLO De Tolosa Club Guest Speakers Beverly Goble 2015-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
      October 7, 2015            
 
Valence Lutaisire was our special guest speaker, visiting from Unganda.  Valence is a rotarian and this is his 4th visit to the US.  He is the only one in his village to go to university.  He started a school that has 120 kids and has started a 2nd school to reach more children.  The kids walk 5 miles to get to school and are given 2 meals daily, for some its the only food they receive.  Steve Curry is organizing a trip to Unganda in the spring, if you interested in going let him know.  Our Board voted to sponsor 2 children.
 
October 14, 2015
 
  World War II Veteran, Emil Minacicci was our guest.  He served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1949 as a Water Tender 2nd Class.  While he never saw any battles he did commission and de-commission a ship in 1949, which made him a plank owner.  Emil's job was to make sure there was fresh water for the ship.  He served on the USS Delong.
 

USS DeLong (DE-684) was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort built at Quincy, Massachusetts, was launched on 23 November 1943 and was commissioned on 31 December 1943, Lt. Comdr. R.C. Houston in command. It was named after Weldon Fader DeLong, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his action at Guadalcanal.

During World War II DeLong served primarily as a training ship for officers and men that were about to embark on ships assigned to anti-submarine warfare (ASW) duties. In early 1946 DeLong was decommissioned and assigned to the Reserve Fleet at Green Cove Springs, Florida. Following the outbreak of hostilities in KoreaDeLong was reactivated and on 7 February 1951 was again commissioned.

After a short training period DeLong was assigned to Escort Squadron Eight, Destroyer Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet. During this period of service DeLong participated in several Fleet Exercises and Midshipmen Cruises. In addition to routine fleet support missions, DeLong often served as a training ship for the Fleet Sonar School, Key West, Florida. On 3 January 1958, DeLong was assigned Group II status, joining the newly formed Reserve ASW Program in the 3d Naval District.

During the Berlin Crisis of 1960-1961, DeLong was assigned to the U. S. Atlantic Fleet as part of Escort Squadron 18 and homeported in Newport, Rhode Island. During this period DeLong operated extensively in the Caribbean area. On 1 August 1961, DeLong resumed her Group II status, operating under Commander, Naval Reserve Destroyer Division, 3d Naval District.  

DeLong was decommissioned and struck from naval records in the late 1960s and was sunk as a target on 19 February 1970.  (Articile from Wikipedia)

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After the War Emil married his high school sweetheart and started a clothing store next to his father's tailor shop,  he later moved to Santa Monica and was the manager of Harris and Frank.
 
 
 
 
 
Deb Jeffers of the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, was our featured speaker during the October 14th meeting.  
 
Deb's training was as a X--ray Tech and worked at San Francisco General, where she was diagnosed with brain cancer.  She underwent brain surgery and was told she might not ever walk or talk.  Her family has been touched by cancer with both a niece, who lossed her fight at age 7 and also her mother,  who today cancer free.  
 
 
  Deb has worked for the cancer society for 7 years, heading the Relay for Life program.  Relay for Life stated in Washington state and is now gobal with 493 relays in California.  Our local relay is called the 5 cities relay and will take place in August 2016.  The proceeds from the race goes towards cancer research (none in our area), prevention and education, programs & services and advocacy.  Deb encouraged us to get involved, form or join a team, become a sponsor and/or made a donation, or volunteer at the event.
 
 
Do you want your business card featured in the bullentin?  All it takes is a $25 donation like Scott & Sandy with Blair Properties.
 
 
 
 
October 7, 2015 Beverly Goble 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
 
H.O. Williams was our honored WWII Veteran this week.  I asked what the H.O. stood for and he replied Hansel, but stopped using that name in the first grade.  Mr Williams volunteered for the Navy on his 18th birthday and reported for boot camp in Idaho, with additional schooling in North Dakota.  He spent most of the war in San Diego in ship repair.  Being his name was at the end of the alphabet he was assigned to sweep floors, but was trained as an assistant in the electrical field. 
 
Mr Williams retired from Lockheed in 1991 and has lived in Arroyo Grande since 1998
Honored Guest Veteran H.O. Williams Beverly Goble 2015-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Gift, Thought/Joke: Breven 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Regina Sheldon on Apr 12, 2014

Susan Needleman Brown visited the club on April 9th and shared the history of the introduction of women to Rotary.  As little as 26 years ago, women were not permitted to join Rotary Clubs.  Following legislation and a change in thinking, Women are now a vital part of Rotary, both locally and abroad.  Our own club has enjoyed the leadership of several female Presidents and dedicated female members.  Susan presented the club with great ideas for growing the membership and involving the community.

Thank you Susan for an inspiring presentation!

Celebrating 25 Years of Women in Rotary! Regina Sheldon 2014-04-13 00:00:00Z 0
Grover Beach 'Sister City' Narvacan as per Bill Senna Lisa Gioiosa 2014-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Member Spotlight-Sandy Nichols Lisa Gioiosa 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
Nora O'Donnell from Grover Beach Parks and Recreation Lisa Gioiosa 2014-01-15 00:00:00Z 0
James Snyder, Principal Of Grover Beach Elementary School Lisa Evans 2013-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Regina Sheldon on Nov 17, 2013

On November 13th, the board approved $500 to support a global grant written by the Rotary Club of Moorpark.  The club funds will be part of a large $140,000 Global Grant supported by the Rotary Foundation, several clubs in our District 5240, clubs in District 3291 (Calcutta, India), clubs in Singapore, and a club in the U.S. district 5330. 

The grant focuses on serving the needs of Polio Survivors in the Calcutta area.  While Polio is no longer an active threat in India, thanks to the work of Rotary and the World Health Organization, there are still hundreds of survivors in need of health care and other services.  This grant allocates funds for five areas of need:  1)  Surgeries for those whose ailments can be corrected beneficially through surgery.  2)  Provide braces/Calipers for those in need.  3)  Wheelchairs for those who are unable to walk.  4)  Vocational and Literacy training.  5)  Provide work placement and education so that survivors can sustain themselves.  The Rotary Club of Grover Beach-Five cities is proud to take part in this project that will greatly improve the quality of life for those we are able to help!

Board approves new grant funding! Regina Sheldon 2013-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Regina Sheldon on Nov 12, 2013

Jackie Garza with Transitions Mental Health spoke to the club on November 13th.  Transitions mental health is a non profit group dedicated to helping patients and families dealing with mental health issues.  The group was founded 30 years ago to provide a safe haven for those in need of services.  The group runs the SLO Hotline for those in crisis and provides case services throughout the County.  The goal is to provide immediate help for those in crisis and to assist those in care to the point that they can live independently.  The organization also runs Growing Grounds Farms, providing employment and fundraising opportunities for patients and the organizations.  The public can help by purchasing Christmas Trees or Poinsettia Plants from the group during the holidays, or by participating in the annual bowl-a-thon.

Club members were very supportive, acknowledging that nearly half of the club knew someone, or a family member of someone who is struggling with mental illness.  Chief Copsey complimented the work of the organization and stated that the department often refers people to the agency.  Thank you Jackie Garza and Transitions Mental Health!

Transitiions Mental Health Regina Sheldon 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Mortgage Interest Rates-how do they change? Lisa Evans 2013-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Evans on Nov 05, 2013

NOVEMBER IS FOUNDATION MONTH!

HAPPY BUCKS: Lisa was $25 happy as she just got back from Mexico. While queued by Mr Nichols, Lisa also was asked to cough more happy bucks for the shotgun she had just purchased...Dick and Narlene were both happy about something very important regarding their family. 

FINES: Narlene was asked which country requires a permit for a gathering of 5 people or more? Correct answer was Singapore. Fined $@20. Lisa was asked which candy is the best selling candy in America? She said Snickers but it was Reese's. $10 fine. Bev was asked which college has the best game day? Clemson for a fine of $5. Sandy was asked what year was the first world series carried on radio? 1921. Fine of $10. 


 

 

 

 

Happy Bucks, Pick Up Trucks, Raffles, and Fines Lisa Evans 2013-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Regina Sheldon on Oct 29, 2013
The Rotary Club of Grover Beach - Five Cities will be providing a free BBQ for attendees of the annual Halloween Carnival at Ramona Garden Park on Halloween evening.  Volunteers are needed from 4:30 until approximately 6:30.  Come check out the little Goblins and Ghouls while doing a good deed!
Trick or Treat! Regina Sheldon 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Regina Sheldon on Oct 26, 2013
Attorney Jerry Namba visited the club on October 23rd and gave an informative talk about bankruptcy law, different kinds of bankruptcy, and BK trends in our local area.  Jerry explained the role of the trustee and attorney, ramifications of filing, and impacts upon the creditor.  A very interesting topic indeed!  Thank you Jerry for an informative and entertaining morning!
Bankruptcy 101! Regina Sheldon 2013-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Regina Sheldon on Oct 21, 2013

District Conference was held this past weekend at the Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo.  Our sister city hosted the 73 clubs in the district, offering tours of Hearst Castle, Wine Tasting, Bike Tours, and more.  Past RI President Kalyan Banerjee gave an inspirational speech on Friday night, followed by Rick King on Saturday morning.  Ron Burton could not attend, but sent a representative to move the crowd on Saturday night.  The weekend concluded with a Sunday morning inspirational talk given by Shirley Grace.

Several members of the Rotaract Club of SLO attended and presented a video highlighting a recent trip to Mexico, where they got dirty building a room addition for a local family.  All were very impressed by this dynamic young club.  The conference was made even more special by visiting delegations from our sister districts in both South Korea and Mexico.

 

The District Loves SLO! Regina Sheldon 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Program Speaker-Janna Nichols from the 5Cities Homeless Coalition Lisa Evans 2013-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Evans on Oct 01, 2013


 

Greetings:
A brief introduction to Beverly Goble
 
First, I much prefer being called Bev unless its in print.  I think that goes back to my childhood as my parents only called me Beverly when they were upset with me.  I was the youngest of 2 girls for 9 years and then my mom had twins, 1 girl, 1 boy and we the older girls argued over who got to hold the boy.  Now were all best of friends.  I grew up in Minnesota, I used to say where people preserved well due to the cold, now I never visit in the winter. My younger sister, Barb is the last hold-out there.  I've lived in California for over 30 years, most of it being here on the central coast.
 
I was married for 28 years until my husband's death in 2011.  I have 3 great adult kids, Kari, Tim & Jon.  Kari is married to her, husband Rob whose in the Navy and they have 2 kids, Meagan 12 and Christian 7.   Jon is married to Crystal and are expecting their 1st little girl, Lola soon.  Tim is single.  All my kids are local so I get plenty of time to be Grammie.
 
Before kids I drove school bus, city transit, and tractor trailer, I like big vehicles and  was a church secretary.  Once my kids were born I stayed home with them.  Then in 1999 I went back to driving school bus here for Lucia Mar.  I also drove for Silverado and SCAT for a while.  I also had a home-based business in the telcom industry.  After my husband's death, I changed to SendOutCards, after receiving 100's of cards I understood the power of a greeting card.  I love that I can help people reach out to others through Appreciation Marketing, or show that mom or dad how they can stay home with their kids by working from home.  SendOutCards is the number 1 sender of 1st class mail in the world and during the Christmas season are posed to send over 800,000 greeting cards a day.  I can honestly say I get paid for doing nice things for other people and it can't get any better than that.

Blue Badge member - Bev Goble Lisa Evans 2013-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Ten year anniversary of this great club! Lisa Evans 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Bowlathon! Lisa Evans 2013-09-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Evans on Aug 20, 2013

Vocational/Community/new Generations/International/Membership club chairs speak...

 

CLUB ASSEMBLY Lisa Evans 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Ray Fields-Abalone Farm Lisa Evans 2013-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
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The Rotary Club of Grover Beach - Five Cities was pleased to recognize a local teacher as Teacher of the Year at our club meeting on August 7, 2013.  The honor was bestowed upon Kim Gebhardt of Paulding Middle School.  Ms. Gebhardt was chosen for her endless dedication to her students in keeping with the Rotary motto of Service above Self.   In addition to her many school activities, Ms. Gebhardt advises the club sponsored YouthAct program.  The club is grateful for all of the dedicated teaching professionals that make a difference in the lives of our local children.  Paulding Principal Chuck Fiorentino and Ms. Gebhardt's daughter were present to celebrate the award.
GB-Five Cities Rotary awards Teacher of the Year! Regina Sheldon 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
DG Jack visits Grover Beach/Five Cities Rotary Club Lisa Evans 2013-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Visit! Lisa Evans 2013-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Regina Sheldon on Jul 28, 2013

ImageJack McClenahan joined the Rotary Club of Santa Paula in 1978.  He has since been a member of the Rotary Clubs of Ojai, Moraga, and finally Ojai-West. Before Jack and Jane and family moved to southern California, he was a high school teacher and coach in Berkeley for 12 years.  After leaving the classroom, Jack worked in educational fund development for 32 years, mainly at his Alma Mater Saint Mary’s College in Moraga.  He is now retired.

He was Rotary Club of Ojai Club Secretary for five years and Rotarian of the Year in 1987-88.  He was the club’s voting delegate to international conventions in Munich 1987 and Philadelphia 1988.  With Jane, he has attended twelve Rotary conventions, often serving as District promotions chair or co-chair.  After joining the Rotary Club of Ojai-West, he was fundraising chair for the club’s Rotary Centennial project, Rotary Community Park.  He served as Club President in 2005-06. He has been a participant and/or presenter at ten President-Elect Retreats, eleven President-Elect Training Seminars (known as PETS), numerous District Mid-Terms, Assemblies, Membership Seminars, and Foundation Seminars. 

Jack served as Chief Operating Officer for DG 2012-13 Frank Ortiz until being selected as District Governor Nominee. On the multi-district level, he was a Director of The Rotary Rose Parade Float Committee Inc from 2007 to 2013; and he was a 2012-13 Director of Southern California and Nevada PETS Inc.

Jack and 2007-08 Past District Governor Jane are Rotary Foundation Major Donors, Benefactors, and multiple Paul Harris Fellows, as well as donors to the Rotary Club of Ojai-West Foundation.  Married since 1966, they have three daughters and eight grandchildren.
Meet District Governor Jack McClenahan! Regina Sheldon 2013-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Regina Sheldon on Jul 23, 2013
ImageThe Club's new board for 2013-2014 was installed at the annual demotion dinner July 10, 2013.  Board members include President Elect & New Generations Chair Anthony Salas, Secretary & Membership Chair Sandy Nichols, Treasurer Bruce Ekmanian,  Community & Vocational Service Chair Scott Nichols, Club Service Chair Narlene Carter-Keenan, International Service Chair & Media Director Lisa Evans, and Sargent at Arms Breven Baima.  President Regina Sheldon is excited to have a dynamic board of dedicated members who will serve the club well in the coming year!
New Board Installed for 2013-2014 Regina Sheldon 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Regina Sheldon on Jul 23, 2013
DGE Loretta Butts visited the Club on July 17, 2013 with an informative program on The Rotary Foundation.  Loretta is a dedicated Rotarian, having served in many board positions with the Rotary Club of Atascadero, and playing a key role in chartering the Rotary club of Templeton.  She has served District 5240 in various capacities, and we look forward to welcoming her as District Governor in 2014!
DGE Loretta Butts visits the Club Regina Sheldon 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lisa Evans on Jul 23, 2013

We would like to welcome Regina Sheldon to her new post, President, of our mighty club! Regina has been in Rotary for 8 years and has carried the positions of; Treasurer, Foundation Chair, and Interim Secretary. Regina has been in the area for twenty years and is a graduate of Cal Poly. She brings a wealth (she works at Mission Community Bank) of knowledge to the club and we are so excited to have her at the helm!!!

Welcome Regina!!!

Welcome Ms President Regina Sheldon! Lisa Evans 2013-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Quote: “I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man’s milk and restorative cordial.” > Thomas Jefferson 2007-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Club members from the Rotary Club of Grover Beach-Five Cities lent a helping hand to a community member on January 25th!  Members spend their Saturday morning replacing the aged landscaping for a homeowner in Grover Beach.  Members weeded, trimmed,laid new weed barrier and Gorilla Hair, giving our homeowner a low maintenance, tidy landscape.  The club is grateful to GLM Landscape Maintenance for the discounted materials.  Grover Beach Rotary, making a difference in the Community!
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Past DG Wade Nomura visited the club on January 29th.  He shared the goings on at the District, and his many, many duties as a past District Governor.  Wade and his wife Roxanne continue to run their business in Carpenteria, while serving the District.  Wade has had the honor of visiting multiple countries while representing RI.  He has been honored to serve as the President's representative, not once, but twice (an unusual achievement).  During his term as DG, Wade traveled throughout the District and abroad, visiting each of his clubs twice, and spending very few days at home.  He has served in multiple positions at the District level, most recently serving as the Rotary Rose Parade coordinator, and as representative to current RI President Ron Burton.  Wade's commitment to Rotary is truly inspiring!

 

Past District Governor Wade Nomura visits! Regina Sheldon 0
ANNOUNCEMENTS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, ANNOU.....NCEMENTS.... Lisa Evans 0
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Peter Houck is a mentor for the Service Corps of Retired ("Re-Fired," he added) Executives, and came to our Club this morning to talk about the SCORE program and why the national organization exists with an office in our county.

SCORE One for the Good Guys Steve Schumann 0
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Marketing geek Bob "I Do the Math" Dumouchel said he's been figuring out ways to maximize exposure on the internet for so long, that he started when Amazon was still a river.
Being Ranked and Thanked Steve Schumann 0
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Impact Magic President Jim Richardson spoke to our Club on "Success Simplified" a method of getting started on achievement as you would get started on an investment: now.

Invest in Your Successful Future! Steve Schumann 0
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  Cal Poly SLO men's basketball coach Joe Callero addressed the club today saying that this was a monumental time in his life, approaching his fiftieth birthday with a beard, a daughter turning 14, completing a wild family vacation, golfing, wearing flip-flops to work, or as he put it, "living on the edge."
Learning to Be Pros in Life Steve Schumann 0
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San Luis Obispo County's Public Health Division Manager Steve Lieberman gave the Club a thorough telling of what exactly happens, and happens quickly, in case of a local emergency medical situation.

Quick: SLO County's Emergency Medical Team Steve Schumann 0
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From ancient times, the torch bearers have been the first on the paths of discovery, exploration and battle, illuminating the ways for those to follow. Rotarians committed to be a torch bearer will invite, unite and ignite new members, whose fire and energy will add to theirs to help overcome the darkness of poverty, illiteracy, hunger, and disease.

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Motivational speaker and Realtor Glenn Hoving showed he does indeed have a passion for communication in providing our program, entitled "Attitude, Gratitude and Passion: The Three Keys to Success".

What's Your Passion? Steve Schumann 0
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Program Chair Anthony Salas introduced a woman of many hats, currently a sports talk show host on local ESPN1280, and author of a new book entitled No Girls Allowed, the effervescent C.J. Silas.

The Dream Reignited: Back in Broadcasting! Steve Schumann 0
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Sean Dasmann is the owner of AMS Entertainment and a member and former president of the Central Coast Wedding Professionals, and offered insights into the world of wedding planning in and around San Luis Obispo County.
Insider Guide to Working with the Bride Steve Schumann 0
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Robert Robert introduced Janee Sheppard from the Make-A-Wish Foundation (MAW). She has been a volunteer for the past two years and wanted to give back and give to her community.

Granting Wishes to Ease Difficult Times Sandra Sansoni 0
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Martin Anderson, the 5240 District Vocational Chair, was introduced to speak on his specialty for Vocational Service Month. A coin and stamp dealer in Thousand Oaks, he joined the Rotary Club there in 1989. He has served a host of Club jobs, culminating in becoming Club President in 2008-09. His Club was named Best Overall Club in the District that year.

Business, Ethics and Networking: 'Get' It! Steve Schumann 0
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Jane McClenahan is the Annual Program Fund Chair for The Rotary Foundation.  The Rotary Foundation is really unique.  It addresses the greatest needs in the world and its global reach is greater than the Untied Nations.  
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President Narlene Carter-Keenan introduced Wade Nomura, this year's District 5240 Governor and member of the Rotary Club of Carpenteria Morning. From being just a body to help qualify his club for Rotary certification, Wade has been President of his club, is the only Potential Rotary Leadership Seminar instructor certified to teach all the Basic and Master PRLS modules, has served on the District level in many capacities, and has been on 17 international project missions. His wife, Roxanne, was club president before Wade, and they have two children and one grandchild, all of whom are Paul Harris Fellows.

Find the Three Gifts that Rotary Offers Steve Schumann 0
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Our speakers Rick Haydon and Luke Llamas represented the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Rick, an Arroyo Grande resident and a member of the Santa Maria Noontime Rotary Club, is on the FCA Board of Directors, and Luke, a nationally-recognized track and cross-country athlete and Cal Poly graduate, is the area director for the Central Coast Chapter of the CFA.

Fellowship Emphasized in Combatting School Malaise Steve Schumann 0
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Chazala Sinclaire spoke to us about the upcoming Oceano Clean-Up Project. She was introduced to the Club by Service Chair Robert Robert.

 

An Oceano resident on the Oceano Community Service District's Clean-Up Day committee, Chazala said that a postcard was sent out to the residents of Oceano that they need to

"clean up the joint." The county unincorporated area south of GroverBeach hadn't had a community clean-up day in 13 years. The Clean-Up day will be October 15-16, with a followup a week later to haul large appliances and furniture.

“Clean Up the Joint” Campaign Set for Oceano Steve Schumann 0
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District 5240 PRLS Extension Chair David Gore began his presentation by handing out a worksheet like the ones encountered in one of the District's Master PRLS classes, asking to describe a problem we've encountered in Rotary, our business, or in a family setting, and wanting us to pick one and then share it in front of everyone.

PRLS: An Attractive Alternative to the Status Quo Steve Schumann 0
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Mark Shaffer is the founder and Executive Director of FunRide, a green car sharing service that has been operating in San Luis Obispo County for two years. He was introduced as our speaker by Club Service Chair Robert Robert.

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Lisa Ray from Lisa Ray's Donation Group (soon to be officially the Children's Resource Group of the CentralCoast) was introduced by Club Service Program Chair Robert Robert. Her organization helps local children in need by providing clothing, shoes, backpacks, school supplies, Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving meals and Christmas presents.  Lisa started the organization two years ago by reaching out to her friends on Facebook to help one single mom in need, and her efforts have grown through word of mouth to become a leading resource for family advocates and local agencies that cater to families living in poverty.

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Dr. Daniel Bronstein was asked to come up to the front of the room along with his Sponsor Sandy Nichols and welcomed him into membership. She affixed his Rotary pin to his lapel and he was welcomed by the membership with a standing ovation.  Sandy also was presented with a pin for sponsoring Daniel, and Brad Evans was introduced as his Mentor.
Chiropractor Bronstein Welcomed into Membership! Steve Schumann 0
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Club Service Program Chair Robert Robert introduced Nora O'Donnell, the Recreation Coordinator forthe City of Grover Beach, and President of the area Camp Fire USA Council, the local organization's board of directors. She has been with Camp FireUSA since 1967, and worked as a CampCounselor at CampNatoma in Paso Robles.

Camp Fire USA's 70 Years of Building Leaders Sandra Sansoni 0
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Young Chelsea Killian gave a brief summary of her year in France, abroad due to her participation, with Club help, in the Rotary Exchange Program. She returned to the States one month ago, after touring Europe by train.

Chelsea’s French Revelation Steve Schumann 0
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Jonathan Poling, a Senior Vice-President from Primerica, was introduced by Club Service Program Chair Robert Robert, and then proceeded to stress the importance of Long-Term Care Insurance in our Club presentation Wednesday.

Long-Term Care Insurance: Something to Consider Sandra Sansoni 0
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Club Service Program Chair Robert Robert introduced online marketing expert and Rotary District 5240 Communications, Social Media, and Website Czar Michael Boyer, who spoke on the topic, "Social Media – Seven Steps to Socializing Strategy".

Successful Business Strategy with Social Media Sandra Sansoni 0
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Club Service Program Chair Robert Robert introduced our very own Rotarian Dick Keenan, who is also a Pismo Beach July Fourth Pyrotechnics Extraordinaire.  Dick has been helping with the PB Pyrotechnics for 12 years and this year the crew also provided the fireworks show for the AG Centennial Celebration.

The Bright Nights of a Dedicated Pyrotechnician Sandra Sansoni 0
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Club Service Chairperson Robert Robert introduced our new club president Narlene Carter-Keenan, and Ms Narlene presented a slide show of her trip to New Orleans and the Rotary International Convention, told why she became a Rotarian, and gave each member present a Rotary pin representing this year's theme, Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.

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In a fabulous setting under a clear starry night at Giuseppe's, President Sandy Nichols handed the Rotary Club of Grover Beach gavel to new President Narlene Carter-Keenan.

Sandy Demoted, Narlene Promoted Steve Schumann 0
Mary Mylan Selected Rotarian of the Year! Steve Schumann 0
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The Rotary Club of Grover Beach maintains a stretch of West Grand Avenue from City Hall to the bridge to the beach every month. Those Rotarians on the job this month were (from left): Bob Perrault (also the Grover Beach City Manager), Steve Schumann, Anita Shower Robert, Ethel Marcos, Scott Nichols, and Robert Robert.
Rotary Crew Heads Monthly Community Cleanup! Steve Schumann 0
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Orthopedic Surgeon Marc Weiss was introduced as our presentation speaker, on the topic of Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release, a procedure that has developed into a clean operation to allow people to recover from the pain of carpal tunnel faster and to expect to be free from recurrence.

Surgeon Discusses Carpal Tunnel Relief Anita Shower 0
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President Sandy Nichols made two Book Program Presentations to the two attending principals:  Tom Butler(pictured) and Jeff Martin.  Each were awarded a Book Program Certification from our Club along with nearly 20 book plates representing our guest speakers and the dates each appeared plus a check on behalf our club.  Instead of giving our guest speakers a gift for speaking to our club, in 2009, our Board of Directors made a decision to give a book to a local middle school (Paulding, Mesa, and Judkins) in the name of the week's guest speaker.

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Called to the podium by President Sandy Nichols were Narlene Carter-Keenan and her father, Bob Carter.  Narlene and husband Dick Keenan raised the most money during our first Annual Golf Marathon, and gave back the incentives for such an effort. The Board of Directors heard that Bob was a cook/server/organizer at a homeless shelter in Costa Rica, and decided to donate $500 to that effort in honor of his work. Bob said our donation would buy ten weeks of nutritious food!
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Our Guest Speaker, Brian Grant, the grant development and community director from the LifeWater Foundation, an organization whose mission is to partner with the poor to bring their communities safe water.

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Kim Gebhart, a teacher and advisor at Paulding Middle School was introduced by President Sandy Nichols.  The Rotary Club of Grover Beach presented Mrs. Gebhart with a Certificate of Appreciation for being the YouthAct Advisor.  YouthAct is a Rotary-sponsored middle-school service club. Her school brought in 1200 cans of food for the YouthAct Club's First Project, a Canned Food Drive which benefits six needy families associated with PauldingSchool.  Each family will receive four cloth food bags (provided by Spencer's Markets) with 25 cans of food in each bag.  We will be back at the school in the Fall to start up the next YouthAct Club.  Kim felt it was a great lesson for the kids, taught them leadership and taught them how to give back.  

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Pismo Beach-5 Cities Rotarian Michael Boyer was a group leader at the Rotary Youth Leadership Assembly this year, his third year as a counselor.  He said there were 208 high school students at RYLA, and nine attended from this area. He brought five of those students with him this morning.

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We celebrated the induction of new member Ethel Marcos!  Linda Garcia will be her mentor. Ethel's classification is Sales (Pampered Chef and Real Estate). In a few words, she said she loves community service.
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In a joint club meeting with the Rotary Club of Pismo Beach-Five Cities, The Rotary Club of Grover Beach honored twelve area students in four divisions for their excellence in writing The Four-Way Test and Me essays.
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Our guest speakers were Liz Tracy and Rachel Walker from the Job Development Center/Career 1 Stop Shop in Grover Beach. Miss Liz is an Employment Specialist, and Rachel Walker supplies stimulus to businesses for hiring workers.

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Our Guest Speaker was Jim Hogeboom, the Superintendent of Schools for the Lucia Mar Unified School District.   He attended Cal Berkeley; received his teaching credentials.  Taught high school in Corvallis, Oregon.  Has been with Lucia Mar for 3 years.  He has known his wife since she was 4 years of age!

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Rotary's Eco Club Program was the topic of our Guest Speaker, John Weiss. From the Rotary Club of Morro Bay and a Past President, John also owns Coast Electronics/Radio Shack there. Rotary is his passion.

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Wednesday's program featured CEO David Jackson of Conservation Ambassadors, the co-founder of the Zoo to You education and adventure experience, and he is passionate for the care and safety of discarded or unwanted exotic pets.
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Veteran certified court reporter Elizabeth "Liz" Doukas gave a rousing glimpse into the accurate and necessary world of Criminal and Civil Court stenography and its importance in today's litigious society. To work in her field, Liz had to take the oath of office as an employee of the courts.
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Gary Canant served in Vietnam in 1968 then returned in 2007 to play taps in the DMZ.  Gary Today, Vietnam borders Cambodia and Laos.  During the war between North and a South Viet Nam, the De-Miliarized Zone ran along the common border.  To promote his book, Dear Maxie: Love Letters from Vietnam. Gary narrated a slide show with maps and photos of the QuangTriProvince during the war and upon his return.  The war took its toll on a country that has now forgiven the intrusion.

'Nam Vet's Journey from There and Back Steve Schumann 0
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Lisa Evans introduced celebrated long distance runner and Olympic Champion Julius Achon, and the Ugandan guest proceeded to tell us his amazing and heart-wrenching story.
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A Paul Harris Fellowship award, not from the club but from President Sandy Nichols, was given in line with working toward our goals is to be a 100% Paul Harris club.  President Miss Sandy read the Rotary Foundation's information sheet and highlighted all the projects our club does.  The honor is for "appreciation and recognition" and her selection is for the person in our club who lives and demonstrates the good of helping persons in need and around the world.  With great fanfare and exuberance and several high notes of excitement President Miss Sandy honored our own Sandra Sansoni!!  Who was so surprised!!!  And most excited!!!!

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This year marks 100 years of incorporation for the neighboring city of Arroyo Grande, and their Centennial Celebration, Inc. group sent their Co-director of Centennial Events and corporate Vice-President Bob Lund and their Chief Honcho of the Centennial Bike Event Gil Pitt to update and promote the summer celebration ahead.

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Barry Johnson , from Transitions Mental Health, came to show the documentary, SLO the STIGMA, the result of a social marketing campaign to provide public education about social and mental health issues. The film, which can be seen in its entirety online, focused on the four phases of mental health recovery: feeling alone, seeking help, into recovery, and enjoying life.  It featured real people in SLOCounty who have overcome the hurdles of mental health after receiving help with their illness. 
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AmpSurf Guru Dana Cummings was introduced by Miss Sandra Sansoni, our Programs Chair and AmpSurf Board Chair. Dana's a frequent visitor to our club. He shared with us some of the facts abut AmpSurf:  started in 2003 to teach surfing for disabled veterans.  There are rehabilitative powers through surfing; and his organization has grown because of those powers that come from being able to get on a surfboard and ride the waves.
AmpSurf to Go "Wine, Waves and Beyond" Steve Schumann 0
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President Sandy Nichols received an e-mail from DGE Frank Ortiz regarding the Rotary response to the Japan earthquake/tsunami disaster. To send money through Rotary to Japan, see Sandy or Regina Sheldon.  We know that Rotary gets all donations through to its destination, and your donation receives Paul Harris points. 

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Rotarian Larry Emrich was introduced, and he first gave his background as well as his club activities: served as chair for his club, many chair positions, and is a Basic and Advanced PERLS holder. Larry said he wants to eradicate polio. 

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The 100-Hole Golf Marathon, held March 1 "was amazing; just amazing," proclaimed our President.  Our top pledge people were Dick Keenan and Narlene Carter-Keenan with over $4,700; Mr. Steve Curry with $3,200; and Mr. Bruce Beaudoin and Miss Sandra Sansoni with $2,500." 

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Justice Osiecki , as part of her FFA training, gave a brief speech on the importance of agriculture to humanity. Her mostly memorized talk included ruminations on milk, greenhouse gases, cows, temperature, farmers, ranchers, electricity, advanced farming practices, farms, power from farming, programs, nature conservancy, food, fiber and the future. She received a hearty ovation for an excellent presentation.

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Sandra Sansoni introduced Clyde Boyer, District 5012 Past District Governor, and his wife Vivian Finlay, and they presented a slide show about their travel to India and South Africa.  It was a 30-hour travel time.  They did stay in India. Vivian is from South Africa and she has a twin sister and attended their 60th birthday party there.  Great beaches!  Stayed at a resort that is on the lake, a good place for tourists. Put up by a Rotarian, they were very gracious hosts. Clyde wanted to make sure Vivian mentioned how to connect with Rotarians in South Africa.  You can apply to stay with Rotarian families there and you may do the same thing here.

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Michael Passarelli, a comedian and community volunteer (he helped found the county

Food Bank Coalition way back when) is now a docent at the HearstCastleState Park and his topic today was William Randolph Hearst, the man behind the famous edifice.

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Frank Ortiz , DGNE, from the Rotary Club of Santa Maria, Breakfast, the Community Service Director for Rotary District 5240, spoke about the Rotary Food Bank Project.

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It's a tradition of the Grover Beach Rotary Club to give the floor to its members to talk about their profession. Today, it was Certified Public Accountant Bruce Ekmanian and Grover Beach Police Chief Jim Copsey's turn to enlighten the room.

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Christian Hesch began his presentation of the Cuesta College Paramedic Program with his life story.  He is a long distance runner whose father's firefighting career finally touched his life. His presentation touched upon the life of a paramedic student.  He finds this profession to be a bit selfish in that it is so gratifying.  He is turning a situation around into comfort and security.

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President Sandy Nichols started her Club Assembly by showing a video, "The History of Rotary".  One of many videos available about Rotary on YouTube, Sandy said, "You can learn a lot about Rotary.  We are at the 6 month mark of my Presidency." 

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Blue Badge for Jim "Santa for Life" Kelsey. President Sandy Nichols handed him the earned badge as well as a photo of his great Father Christmas work at the Boys & Girls Club Christmas Party in Oceano in December.

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Cathy Orton , from the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) was introduced, and she led off her presentation with a short video on her organization. CASA has recognized that every year more than one million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes.

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District Governor Deepa Willingham was introduced by our Group 10 Representative Kendra Kinglinger.  Miss Kendra thanked the club for allowing her to make the introduction today and noted that we will all enjoy the presentation today (which will tug at our hearts) as Deepa is renowned in the Rotary world with her great attitude and heart and likes to have fun and drink those mango margaritas. 

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            Sandra Sansoni introduced the speaker: Marci Powers is a retired supervising probation officer from Ventura County.  She has lived in SLOCounty for six years.  In 2009 she was hired by the county to be Coordinator of the Anti-Gang Coordinating Commission.  Marci brings years of experience to this position and a firm conviction that gangs are a community problem and must be addressed at the community level. 

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Sandra Sansoni introduced Troy & Maverick Ellison, Fluid Resource Management; a family run business started by their father 35 years ago; a business where more than half of the family members work, helping bigger companies and utilities treat and discharge waste water.

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            Sandra Sansoni introduced Jerry Kelley: videographer, MLB scout, member of the Rotary Club of AG who journeyed to Honduras to photograph activities related to the cataract eye surgery project.

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Our speaker, Brenda Cressey is a member of the RC of Paso Robles, past District 5240 Governor; she serves in a number of leadership roles at all levels of Rotary and the Rotary Foundation, including keynote speaker at the 2009 RI Assembly, served as a President's Representative several times at District Conferences around the world; three year term as RI Regional Membership Coordinator and Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator. She is a recipient of the RI "Service Above Self Award" and the RF "Citation of Meritorious Service Award"; her dream is to see the end of polio.  She and her husband, Dick, are multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors and Level II Bequest Society members.

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            In introducing the speaker, Sandra Sansoni reports that the Club has decided that instead of a few small fundraisers that we would try one big one.  Jim Coles, a professional golfer is associated with Kingdom Partners, an organization who assists nonprofits to put on a fundraiser that is fun, simple and successful; a 100-hole golf marathon.

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            At a Vocational Meeting at Me & Z's Restaurant, speakers were introduced: Bob Perrault, Grover Beach City Manager, aka Cowboy Poet Bob and John Shoals, the great Mayor of the City of Grover Beach.

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            Sandra Sansoni introduced the speakers: Leanna Roberts, Rotary Club of Vail, CO, and executive director of Orphan Act; Rachael Hughes, New Zealand and currently heading a Living Hope Hostel in Vladivostok, Russia; founder of  LIVINGHOPE, an officially registered charity for the rehabilitation of homeless children.

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Sandra Sansoni introduced Dave Congalton, the number one talk show host on the CentralCoast since his show debuted in January 1992. The former college instructor offers up "Hometown Radio" weekday afternoons from 3 to 7 p.m., mixing discussion of national and local topics. Congalton is an award-winning author and freelance writer. 

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            He was born and raised in Modesto.  He retired out of the sheet metal industry and said that he might as well be broke here than in Modesto so the family moved to the Five Cities area.  In 2002 he entered the field of real estate, specializing in commercial properties. 
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President Sandy Scott, with sponsor Anita Shower looking on, inducted Robert Robert as a new Club member.  Having been approved by Club members, he is welcomed as a new member and admitted to the worldwide organization of Rotary.  He will be expected to attend all meetings and add his knowledge and talent to Club activities.  Robert responded by saying that he has enjoyed his recent past involvement with the Club and expects to continue to do so.  He has two children and six grandchildren.  He has been challenged to beat his sponsor's eight day conversion from the red to the blue badge.  CONGRATULATIONS, ROBERT ROBERT!

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Introduction:   Proposition 19, also known as the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, a California ballot proposition on the November 2, 2010 California statewide ballot.  It legalizes various marijuana-related activities, allows local governments to regulate these activities, permits local governments to impose and collect marijuana-related fees and taxes, and authorizes various criminal and civil penalties.  In March 2010 it qualified to be on the November statewide ballot.  It requires a simple majority to pass.  As of September 2010, even if the proposition is passed, the sale of marijuana will remain illegal under federal law via the Controlled Substances Act.

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Jim Rowland submitted a letter of resignation stating his need to be in Fresno more often and not being able to attend meetings on a regular basis.  President Nicholspresented Rowland with a Club Honorary Member Certificate due to his great support during his term of membership.  Rowland, accepting the Certificate, thanked the Club and said he was honored to be an Honorary Member.
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Jim Kelsey, sponsored by Breven Baima, was inducted into the Club as a new member by President Nichols who said that he would be a worthy member and would exemplify Rotary values in the community.  Kelsey, receiving a bent Rotary pin, said he was looking forward to being a part of Rotary and becoming involved in the community.

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Presentation by Sandra Sansoni of the events going on for AmpSurf this week:  really busy week.  Miss Sandra is now the Assistant Director of AmpSurf and Bruce Ekmanian is the CPA and both are on the Board of Directors. 

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Sandra Sansoni introduced Linda Hardy and staff members, Sarah Phipps & Kailyn Gunther:  Linda Hardy has been employed in the County Animal Control Services for eleven years, has a degree in biology and has been a humane educator since 1982.  Phipps and Gunther are volunteer staff members and active in CampP.A.W.S. (Pet and Wildlife Study).

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            Sandra Sansoni introduced today's speakers: Heather Hellman has had extensive experience in brand marketing communications working for major Fortune 500 companies.  In 2003 she established Highway 101 Communications providing branding experience and knowledge to small companies on the CentralCoast.  She has developed campaigns for American Express, Chevron, Texaco, and Honda to name a few companies.  In 2010 she partnered with Samantha Pruitt and established Get Off The Couch Potato Sports Productions to bring world-class events to the central coast.

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            Sandra Sansoni introduced James Glinn, Founder of the Movement For Life Team with locations in Arizona and California.  He is a graduate of LomaLindaUniversityMedicalCenter and has completed his doctorate in Physical Therapy through the University of St. Augustine and the North American Sports Medicine Institute.  He has trained and rehabilitated All-Americans, Olympians, amateur and professional athletes.

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Sandra Sansoni introduced Diane Auten: Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Communications Studies.  She is a full-time college instructor, business owner of Competent Communications, and consultant in the field of communication.  Being a wife and mother, she has ample opportunity to try and test her skills in communication.

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President Nichols conducted our annual Club Assembly and asked Service and Committee chairs to give their reports and outline their goals for this fiscal year.

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            Bruce Ekmanian was born and raised in the Culver City area.  They lived near a movie lot and occasionally heard bomb sounds coming out of the sets.  He graduated from Culver CityHigh School and was selected as South Bay Area All Star football defensive end.  "The best job I ever had was working for Zeppy's Pizza.  We wore bathing suits, t-shirts and tennis shoes."  He received his AA degree from West LA College and finished his college work at FresnoStateUniversity in 1975 with a degree in Accounting. 

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Past President Lisa Evans conducted a ceremony to recognize Jennifer Frasca, our sterling breakfast server for the past many years, who will soon be leaving for medical school to become a brain surgeon. 

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            Sandra Sansoni introduced Shannon Martin, who has been shooting the Pismo Beach Fireworks show since 1979; who has traveled afar in the US as well as to other countries to ply his pyrotechnic skills.  Dave Anderson, the owner of Central Coast Printing who has been assisting Martin on the Pismo pier for almost as many years; and, Dick Keenan, who has been shooting with Martin and Anderson on the pier for almost ten years. 

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            President Nichols said that Hannah Brown will be a worthy representative of Rotary.  She is expected to carry the principles of Rotary into the community; and into her social, public, business and private life.  She was presented with her Rotary Pin and the Red Badge to be replaced with a blue badge after completing a few simple requirements.  Brad Evans, her sponsor, will also be her mentor. 

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The speakers:

John Shoals , raised in the Central Valley, graduated from Cal Poly, Mayor of City of Grover Beach, and works in the PG&E Government Relations office. Tom Jones , worked for Senator Jack O'Connell , worked for PG&E for nine years and is now the Director of Government Relations; is part of the company's "A" team and manages charitable organization contribution activities.
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President Evans reported on District 5240 Awards dinner in Santa Barbara: Seven Club members attended including Narlene Carter-Keenan, Brad Evans, Lisa Evans, Sandy Nichols, Anita Shower, and Breven Baima, designated driver; the Club received nine awards, three of which Evans is quite proud: Best Small Club (BSC) New Generations, Governor's Super Club and BSC Super Club; others were Vocational Service, BSC International Service, Community Service, BSC Club Service and District Governor's Citation.  Evans burned off dinner calories by hopping up/down trotting to the dais to receive the awards.  Luz Maria Smith-Ortiz was once again touched by the videoed song written in her honor that was sung by Club members.  Sandy Nichols plans to keep up the momentum.  Congratulations to all Club Members!!  And thanks to President Evans sterling leadership!
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            Sandy Nichols introduced the speakers: Arnie Dowdy, 1984 Charter member and past president of the PB/5 Cities Club; president of Rotary Club of Santa Paula; past District 5240 Governor; PRLS and Master PRLS graduate; Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service; Major Donor; Retired City Manager, Grover City.  First international project was his marriage to Maria, native of Portugal.

 

 

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            Bruce Ekmanian, sponsored by Sandra Sansoni, received his "red badge" and was inducted as a new member by President Evans.  She welcomed Ekmanian as a new member and said that he would become a worthy representative to the world wide association of Rotary with its over 1.3 million members.  In response, Ekmanian, who has lived in the area for over ten years, said he has belonged to other service groups but said this Club, was a great bunch of people and that he is looking forward to working with all of us.  Lisa Evans will be his mentor.
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            Led by the dynamic duo, Steve Schumann and Anthony Salas, orchestrated/produced by President Lisa Evans, Club members gathered and sang a tribute to our District 5240 Governor, Luz Maria Ortiz-Smith to the tune of "Brown Eyed Girl".  It was professionally videoed by Jerry Kelley and was shown at the Awards/demotion dinner for Ms. Ortiz-Smith last Saturday.   For great entertainment and to show the honor the Rotary Club of Grover Beach gave, go to http://web.me.com/mlbsb/Song/Movie.html

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            Sandy Nichols introduced guest speaker: Neil Dilworth; A licensed architect, he was raised in Pasadena.  He received his degree in Architecture from Cal Poly in 1974, interned in Malibu doing custom homes.  He returned to San Luis Obispo and opened his own office in 1980.

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            Sandra Sansoni introduced Wade Nomura: Charter member/past president of the Carpinteria Morning Club; multiple/charter member Paul Harris Fellow/Society; Rotary Foundation Major Donor; PRLS/Master PRLS graduate and instructor; several District 5240 offices; and Rotary International presenter in Mexico, Belize, India, Guatemala, Honduras; 14 international missions for polio, drinking water projects, health, education and training.
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            President Evans assisted by Anita Shower, Membership chair, inducted Andrew Goodman as a new member of the worldwide fraternity of Rotary.  As Evans attached the Rotary pin, she reminded Goodman of the importance of the Rotary 4 Way Test and the Rotary motto, "Service Above Self".  Goodman said he was honored and privileged to join the Club and looked forward to getting to know everyone better.  Evans appointed Brad Evans as Goodman's mentor.  The ceremony was followed by a standing ovation.

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Anita Shower introduced guest speaker, Teah Anders, owner/trainer, Gentle Touch Pet Training: She is a certified Professional Dog Trainer and member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers; holds a BS degree in Business, MA degree in Natural Resources Policy, Communications and Management; she recently published a comprehensive dog training book entitled, "Click 'n Connect: Training Your Dog, a Lifelong Journey". 
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Connie O'Henley introduced the AGHS Interact Club members who, in turn, described their goals and community humanitarian events that they have participated in or intend to soon accomplish.  O'Henley said that they have a fantastic group of officers, there work over the past year has been amazing and she is proud to have been associated with them. 
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Sandy Nichols introduced the speakers:

Officer Shane Day has been a police officer with the City of Arroyo Grande for nine years where he has been an instructor for field duty, impact weapons and arrest and control.  He was recently given the opportunity to work as a K-9 Handler.  His partner is a 20 month old German Shepherd named Gregor Latiska Skala from Slovakia. 

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Mike said he thought he would never leave such a great organization as Rotary; but his family and business dreams are taking up his time and capital.  He appreciates all of the personal and professional support members have given him and thanks Scott Nichols for his sponsorship.  He was a significant asset to our Club and we will miss him.  Good luck Mike, it's been a pleasure, keep in touch.
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Cal Poly Men's Basketball Coach Joe Callero was introduced by President Lisa Evans with great fanfare and outrageous facts.  Coach Callero has a master's degree in Education and counseling and is a native of WashingtonState.  He is married to Erica and they have a ten-year-old daughter. The Coach has been living in Arroyo Grande for a full year and knows it has a great sense of community, and that the SouthCounty is a unique area.

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Our Guest Speaker was none other than "QL+" Business Director Mike Gorbell, introduced by President Miss Lisa.  He is a former Rotarian from the Santa Maria Breakfast Club, who is looking for a new club (hint, hint).

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Three Central Coast Roller Hockey Rockers: Christina Fontecchio, Carolyn Novack, and Mia Powell – all three gave a brief presentation as to what made them join the roller hockey league lighting up the state, like in the days of yore when Terros Sanchez and Joanie Weston brought fans to Roller Derby! 
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            President Lisa Evans introduced Siobhan Gonzales, who assisted in the slide show story of the Rotary eye surgery project in Honduras.  Gonzales is an experienced nurse, clinic supervisor and was an awesome cheerleader for the "Team Honduras". 
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Introduced by Sandy Nichols; Erin Hoffman hails from a small town south of Jackson, WY.  She and her husband did extensive research to find a new home along the coast of California to get away from the cold winters in WY and chose SLOCounty.  She is the founder of ORGANIZE Coach, a professional firm that helps professionals and businesses to identify problems in the office that are costing them money in time and stress.  By careful organizing, she will be able to coach you into streamlining the way an office works, essentially eliminating hours of wasted time.

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            Club member Michael Phares was introduced by Sandy Nichols: Michael was born in the foothills of the San Fernando Valley but close enough where his east coast water baby mom introduced him to the ocean.  Mike started riding waves at the tender age of 5.  He competed in Jr. High but was defeated so badly that he didn't attempt it again until he was in high school.  He went on to become one of the most decorated bodyboarders in California and enjoyed a short professional career before turning his focus on judging and coaching to allow him to continue to travel and ride the waves.  Mike is the owner of Dado's Marketing, Communications & Public Relations.
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            Gordon Snider was introduced by Sandy Nichols.  Snider is a magazine, business book and fiction novel author.  He has published three novels, Sigourney's Quest, The Separatist and recently The Hypnotist, a historical thriller set in 1906 in San Francisco.  He has a bachelor's in business administration at UCLA, master's in Marketing from CSULA and has spent thirty years as an independent marketing consultant as well as teaching at four universities, including Cal Poly. 
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Bill Long , proud grandfather, tugged at our heart strings with the story of his young grand daughter, Anabella Long's fight for life, successful bone marrow transplant, and her family's amazing fund raising efforts that allowed all of the procedures to be more than covered.
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To celebrate this year's Vocational Appreciation Day on Wednesday, February 24th, our normal breakfast meeting time was altered so that we could show our appreciation to the Grover Beach Fire and Police Departments during a lunch in the Fire Department dining room.
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Sandy Nichols introduced our guest speaker: Mary Buehnerkemper, on behalf of the Feline Network.  Miss Mary is the proprietor of The Green Bargain on 9th and Grand in GroverBeach and has been volunteering for the Feline Network since 2003. Mary is a member of their Board of Directors. 
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President Evans introduced an awesome and gut-wrenching video describing the scourge of polio still left in remote areas of India and the challenge to polio eradication workers to convince families that all of their children need to be vaccinated.  Every country in the world signed on to a plan put forward by the World Health Assembly to eradicate the disease.  Although the highest infection rate remains in India, cases are also found in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria (PAIN). 
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Born in Los Angeles and raised in La Cañada where he graduated from an all-boy, Catholic high school as a decorated water polo player, singer and academian, Michael's ambition was to become a pastoral counselor.  He attended Pepperdine University and was bit, however, by the business bug.  He graduated with a degree in Psychology; emphases in philosophy, counseling and business.  While he worked for Pepperdine in their Advancement Information Management division, he managed to set aside enough time to become a nationally ranked amateur bodyboard competitor; winning the West Coast Men's Championship.  As coach of Pepperdine's surf team, his surfers also became a top notch team in the nation.

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            Sandy Nichols introduced our speaker, Joe Cortez: Mr. Cortez is a thirty year law enforcement veteran who recently retired as the fifteen year Chief of Police, City of Pismo Beach.  He has made a career out of creating high performing law enforcement organizations from agencies suffering from a loss of public trust, mismanagement and a lack of accountability.  For example, he led the PB Police Department to achieve the prestigious national law enforcement accreditation; the fifth municipal police department in the state and the only department in SLOCounty to earn this distinguished recognition.
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            Michael Phares, finance/marketing, was inducted by President Evans.  Phares was sponsored by Linda Garcia; Anita Shower stood in for absent Linda.  Evans said that Phares will be a worthy representative and encouraged him to wear the Rotary pin daily with pride.  As she pinned on his Red Badge, she welcomed Phares as a new member; a standing ovation greeted the new member welcoming him into the Club.  Phares said he was joining a fun bunch of people who give so much to our community.  Anita Shower was appointed as his mentor.

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Sandy Nichols introduced the speakers: Steve Adams, City Manager, for the city of Arroyo Grande; Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Cal Poly, Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Certificate in Land Use & Environmental Planning from UC, Irvine; Past President of the PB/Five Cities Club; past chair of the YMCA South County Advisory Committee, past chair of the AG Valley Harvest Festival.  Alyssa Adams is a freshman at AGHS; she is a member of the Interact Club and has been selected to attend RYLA this spring.
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            Introduced by Sandy Nichols: Tiffany Alcantara and Carol Smith are the owners of Home Instead Senior Care, a local franchise that has provided services to the elderly in SLOCounty since July of 2001. 

            In 1994, a personal family experience in dealing with an elder family member sparked the desire to form Home Instead-Senior Care, a company devoted to providing the highest quality of at home care for family loved ones.   Home Instead Senior Care is a reliable network of more than 800 independently owned and operated franchise offices around the world.  They have an array of services that can be tailored to the exact needs and family preferences.

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- A man is to remove his hat as soon as he enters the building.

- Each member should greet the guest speaker; and, if you have to leave the meeting early, mention this to the speaker.

- The American flag pin is to be worn as close to the heart as possible.

- Your name badge is to be worn on the right of your chest as it is then an 'easy read' from the hand shake to your name.

- When you are a Rotarian, you are an image of Rotary.  When you wear your lapel pin, people see you as a Rotarian first.

- Be careful with e-mail and all web sites; everyone may read everything; it is only a matter of time.

- No one is to see a woman put on or take off her gloves.

- After the meeting, you should always thank the guest speaker for their presentation.

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Introduced by Sandy Nichols: Herb Stroh is an attorney specializing in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate; is a partner in the SLO law firm of Sinsheimer, Juhnke, Lebens and McIvor.  His primary interest is in hiking.  He has backpacked trails in California, Arizona, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Joshua Tree and ZionNational Parks and has made many treks in the Sierra's.  He is the past president and current member of the Rotary Sunrise Club of Cambria.
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Breven Baima & Scott Nichols presented a nominations report to fill the office of President Elect Nominee.  Narlene Carter-Keenan was recommended and selected by Club vote.  CONGRATULATIONS, NARLENE!
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Sandy Nichols introduced Arnie Dowdy:  Past president of the PB/5 Cities Club, past District 5240 Governor, several District committee chairmanships and offices, former GB City Manager.  A good guy; Mr. Rotary.
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Sandy Nichols introduced our fabulous speaker:  Mike DiMilo.  Mike came here from Los Angeles to attend Cal Poly in 1958.  He majored in Environmental Education and Natural Resources Management.  He works for the San Luis County Integrated Waste Management Authority. 

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After sharing a number of interesting, but useless statistics about Thanksgiving, President Evans recited a wonderful poem about being thankful.  We love you, Lisa!

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            Introduced by Sandy Nichols: Dr. Bartolome, a family physician, author and activist.  Undergraduate studies at UC Davis, BS degree in Exercise Physiology.  MD and MBA, University of Irvine, with emphasis in Information Technology.  Co-founder of the Society for the Advancement of Excellence in Pre-Medical Education, an honor society that emphasizes educating future doctors about the needs of medically-underserved populations and the value of civic responsibility.  He is developing PreMedZone.com, a web based social network for premedical students: education, "The PreMedical Voice", information, mentorship, admission services and personal development tailored to the premed; designed to increase the number of disadvantaged students that enter the pipeline of medical care services in the world.  He currently has a family practice with the Ventana Health & Medical Center, PismoBeach.   
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            President Evans introduced the Beaudoins to the Club.  She and Sandra Sansoni, who headed the fundraiser, presented them with all of the wonderful first date certificates donated by club Rotarians and local merchants.  Marcia said, "I know how much hard work goes into one of these fundraisers and Bruce and I really appreciate your effort.  Thank you."  All but seven of the 150 tickets were sold by Club members.  Congratulations, Bruce and Marcia! 

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"Fifty First Dates" came to an end today with the drawing of the winning raffle ticket.  Sandra Sansoni reported that 143 out of the 150 tickets were sold and congratulated everyone for participating in this much needed Club fund raiser.  She also thanked everyone for seeking out businesses to donate a "date".  The Club owes a big thanks to Sandra Sansoni for all of the hard work that went into this successful program. 

The winning ticket was drawn by Pastor Dr. Carl Hansen, Rotary of Paso Robles, and went to Bruce Beaudoin (pictured), a member of the 5 Cities/PB Rotary Club.
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Sandy Nichols introduced the speaker, Carl Hansen: Bachelor's Degree from Santa Clara University; Master's and Doctorate from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley.  Co-founder of Loaves & Fishes in Paso Robles and I-HELP, homeless men's shelter in Monterey.  He volunteers as a priest and chaplain for several organizations.  Dr. Hansen has been aligned with the needs of the hungry and homeless for over 25 years.  He currently serves as the Executive Director of Food Bank Coalition of SLO County, a non-profit organization.

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Lisa Evans introduced speaker Denise Gimbel: A nurse and health educator, received her AA degree from CuestaCollege and a Master's degree in Public Health (MPH), Education and Nutrition from LomaLindaUniversity.  She is the Coordinator for FrenchHospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation Department.  She heads up the hospital's Heart Aware, a free on-line cardiac risk assessment program.
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President Miss Lisa was the program for today and because she is the president she is entitled to delegate anyone to be the program.  Because her husband snored most of the way home from the Conference over the weekend and then woke up at some point and talked for 20 minutes about "I think this and I think that" about Rotary, President Miss Lisa asked Mr. Evans to be our guest speaker today and give his views of the District Conference as seen through the eyes of a new member.

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Anthony Salas, having met all requirements and having been properly mentored by Steve Curry, was presented his permanent member Blue Badge by President Evans.  Congratulations, Anthony!
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Pismo/5 Cities Past President Bruce Beaudoin introduced District 5240 District Governor, Luz Maria Ortiz-Smith:
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Lisa Evans was presented with the Paul Harris award by District Governor Ortiz-Smith.  In making the presentation, the District Governor said that the award, offered by the RI Foundation, funds of which, are used to promote worldwide peace, goodwill and projects that provide a better life for people.  Lisa reported that $800 of the $1,000 she paid went towards the $1,400 our Club will pay for the matching Honduras Cataract grant.  CONGRATULATIONS, LISA, AND WELCOME TO THE PH CLUB!

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Michael Wambolt, properly mentored by Steve Schumann, and having met all Blue Badge requirements in record time, was formally presented his new badge of membership by President Evans.  CONGRATULATIONS, MICHAEL!

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I moved from the Central Valley with my wife, Lisa, and 2 kids, Alexandra and Rece, 14 years ago. We started in Los Osos, but have been in Grover Beach for the last 11 years.
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It all started in TorranceCalifornia January 8th 1979 at 11:23 in the A.M. Michael Ross Wambolt came to the world with the help of Christine and Ross Wambolt.
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      Brad Evans and Christine Miller, having met all requirements, were presented with their Blue Badges at our October 7 meeting.  CONGRATULATIONS!

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              Michael Wambolt, having unanimous Club approval, was elected to membership.  President  Evans, with Linda Garcia, Michael's sponsor, as witness, was presented with the Club membership package, and the Club emblem was pinned on his shirt pocket/lapel.  Michael expressed his thanks for allowing him to become a member and that he expected to actively participate in activities as the Club moves forward.  CONGRATULATIONS, AND WELCOME, MICHAEL!

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             President Evans proudly presented Linda Garcia her Blue Badge, saying that Linda had fulfilled all of the requirements and that she was a significant asset to our Club.  CONGRATULATIONS, LINDA!

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      Mike Balster recently submitted his resignation which was reluctantly accepted by the Board.  Mike has been an extremely active member of the Club for almost four years.  He developed the Club's web site and has served as web site master; he has served as the manager of the Club Bulletin, the Ocean View, and manager of the Club's Public Relations program. 

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             President Evans introduced Moyes Muguira: Cal Poly senior in business; 13 years in youth programs; last three years as the Exec Dir for the Boys & Girls Club in Oceano.

     

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Mike Balster is stepping down as Web Master, Bulletin Editor, and Public Relations Chair. These duties will now be shared by Steve Schumann, Richard Roberts, Anita Shower, and Lisa Evans.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced Dominic Tartaglia: A fifth generation ranch kid, attended SLO High School and Cal Poly; graduated with a BS in Agricultural Systems Management. He is a sales Representative for Tartaglia Realty, a family business. President-to-be of the SLO Rotaract Club, a developing organization to promote young people in the community to become community involved.

     Dominic explained that the SLO Rotaract does not yet have the 15 required members to be chartered by RI. He said that members range in age 18-30 and that there are two categories of Rotaract: University based Club and a Community based Club. There Club will be a Community based club with a community college emphasis.

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     Lisa Evan introduced Chuck Anders, president of Strategic Initiatives, a consulting firm that specializes in using technology for strategic planning and issue resolution. He is a licensed PE, has been Assistant Director of Arizona DOT. He moved to AG in 1997 with wife, six dogs, five llamas, and numerous birds, cats, and goats.

     Chuck worked with Lisa to develop questions about club activities and future direction for the club. The questions were asked and quickly individually answered by each club member. The answers were anonymous and immediately tabulated. The results of the voting clearly showed the direction the membership felt the club should move, what the membership felt worked best and worst regarding past club functions.

     The process was painless and very productive, arguably the most productive 20 minutes the club has spent laying out future direction.
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The club presented Dana with a check for $600 from the BBQ the club hosted during the Amp Surf event. Dana said that 21 people participated in the event, 2/3 were veterans from VA hospitals, 2 are still on active duty, and 1/3 were local amputees.

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Anthony Salas , a Disc Jockey and AFLAC insurance representative was born in San Diego, grew up in Merced, and later moved to the Central Coast. He is an Eagle Scout and is on the UCSB Board.
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Thad Stelly has a B.B.A. in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and has 19 years experience in the mailing industry.  He has worked for high-profile national mailing companies, such as Print Mailers in the major metropolitan Houston, Texas region.  His work experience includes several years with Pitney Bowes in the state of Washington.
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I was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Miami, Florida.  While attending college my shorthand teacher told me I'd never make it in the business world so I left school and settled in Washington, D.C. where I worked for the Joint Commission on Correctional Manpower and Training and then a Court Management Study and finally as a bookkeeper for the largest patent law firm in the United States. 
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Marcus Garcia R.N., Central Coast Home Health Care is inducted into the club with his sponsor Lisa Evans and his classification is Home Health Care. Marcus co-owns Central Coast Home Health which is a skilled nursing agency. Hospitals are sending people home faster and they still need medical care so Central Coast Home Health Care is there to serve. Marcus is ready to share some of his can-do spirit with the club and we welcome him.

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Dwight MacDonald is the Athletic Director at Arroyo Grande Senior High School. He was with the high school as the Athletic Director from 1990 to 1998 and then took a short break from A.G. to be the Athletic Director for Nipomo High School from 2004 to 2008. Dwight returned to Arroyo Grande High School in 2008. The athletic department at AG High School serves 775 athletes; there are 51 different teams; 22 are in varsity sports, and the department pushes academics right along with athletics.
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Bart Einger gets pinned by his wife, Christine Miller, as he is inducted into the club. Bart is looking forward to being part of the club and enjoys the members. Bart is a great addition to the club.
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Ron Drake is President and Chief Operating Officer of Underground Energy, based in Arroyo Grande, CA. He holds a BS degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and has 35 years experience in heavy underground construction and oil exploration and development. He is a registered professional engineer in California, Colorado, and Texas. His company's work involves the exploitation of stranded oil and gas resources in the United States, using a combination of underground construction and enhanced oil recovery technologies.
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     Sandy Nichols introduced Kristy Wilson as a resident of the Central Coast for 23 years and has worked for Glenn Burdette Phillips and Bryson for 9 years.

     Kristy believes that a person has to want to do collections in order to be good at it. She started as a medical assistant for a pediatrician and soon began doing collections for the office and that was her start. She was good at collections and front office work. She later took a job repossessing artificial limbs and noted that it was a difficult job.

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     Lisa Evan introduced Dr. Thomas Ferro with an impressive list of achievements and exemplary professional and educational accomplishments.

     Dr. Ferro emphasized a unicompartmental and bicompartmental knee replacement as opposed to a total knee replacement. As recent as 1991 everyone needing a knee or hip replacement got a total replacement. Today, only the damaged or worn part of the knee is replaced. Replacement is no longer an accurate term since knees are resurfaced today.
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     Sandy Nichols introduced Carolyn Novack: Novack has worked for the ARC, SLO County Chapter, as a national and local volunteer for 4 years. Born in LA, she worked 20 years in the sports radio industry. She recently completed her first book and is now working on her second. She is a roller derby girl under the name of CJ Hooker.

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Brad Evans is inducted into the Grover Beach Rotary Club. Lisa Evans, his wife and sponser, pinned on the red badge. Bard said he has lived in Grover Beach for over fifteen years, has a business here, has raised his kids here, and likes it all. He likes what Rotary does and looks forward to personal fulfillment and development as a new member.

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Thad Stelly is inducted into the Grover Beach Rotary. Anita Shower, his sponser, presented Thad with his red badge. Thad said he was thankful for being a new member and is anxious to take a more active role in the community.

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      Kevin Woolley introduced speaker and Executive Director of the Clark Center Association, Connie O'Henley, who briefly described those early years, around 1975, when Cliff and Mary Lee Clark were uncomfortable attending an event in the AG High School gym. It was hot, the seats were hard and the acoustics were horrible. They decided that there should be a better place for cultural events in the area and thus the beginning of the development of the Clark Center Theater for the Performing Arts. The community raised $1.75 million, an agreement was reached with the LMUSD and construction was completed in 2002. The theater seats over 600 people and is a perfect size for the South County community.
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     Sandy Nichols introduced Bob Perrault: a horseman, a cowboy poet, a runner, a Club Member and City Manager of the City of Grover Beach.

     Bob says he looks at most issues and problems, or at least 95% of them, as opportunities. The other 5% of issues are truly problems. Economic development has been declared by the City Council as the number two priority and the city is developing programs that will support city businesses. The city of Grover Beach, although twice the size in population of Pismo Beach, has a budget that is about half as much. The following concepts have been presented to the City Council for consideration to improve the economic climate in the City:

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The Club Assembly was introduced by PresidentMiss Lisa, complete with a power-point presentation and hand-outs of our goals so we will know what we are doing as a Club.  The goals of each club are assigned by the District according to club size.  Our club is considered a small-sized club based upon the number of our members; we are twenty-six members strong.
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The Chief, Mike Hubert, expounded upon the virtues of the City of Grover Beach including the fire department and the willingness of the city managers of both Grover Beach and Arroyo Grande to realize the necessity of merging the two fire departments in order to fully benefit the area. Once the necessity was noticed Oceano Community Services' District joined the other two communities.

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Linda Garcia , Executive Director of the Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce, is inducted into the Grover Beach Rotary Club. Kevin Woolley proposed Linda for membership; Linda brings a wealth of experience and is a wonderful addition to our club.

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Christine Miller , Aflac Insurance, is inducted into the Grover Beach Rotary Club. Lisa Evans proposed Christine for membership and Christine has already become a lively member of our club.

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Kevin Woolley is awarded 'New Rotarian of the Year.' Kevin has volunteered his time and expertise at each of our club functions during his first year with our club. Notably, Kevin donated a forensic computer to the Grover Beach Police and volunteered his time to setup and train in the use of this specialized computer.
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Shannon Martin had the good fortune to work for Dave Zardeneta of Pismo Beach many years ago and it was at Dave's insistence that Shannon became what he is today:  a pyrotechnic engineer. Shannon is so involved with doing the Pismo Beach 4th of  July's Firework's Show that he made two special trips back here just to do the show and one of those trips brought him here from Washington, D.C. and the other trip was from Australia to Pismo Beach. He is proud to say he is very faithful to the show and he has been in charge of it for the last fifteen (15) years.

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With much fanfare and a power-point presentation that was a first for Miss Lisa we were treated to slides and information, some of which was just too good to be true (some of the photos went beyond our imagination and expectations). President Miss Lisa showed the banners she brought back from England: Albany, Oregon; Nigeria; Italy; Uganda; and the vey impressive 100th Rotary Convention Banner from the host city and country of Birmingham, England.
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After seeing the skit put on to roast the outgoing presidents, Lisa looked a little worried about what might be in store for her demotion dinner.

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After Past President Brenda Cavanaugh discussed our club's accomplishments over the last year she introduced new Board of Directors for 2009-2010. There were four Paul Harris Fellowships awarded, Randy Cavanaugh, Regina Sheldon, Bill Nicolls, and Mike Balster. The Rotarian of the Year award went to Sandy Nichols; it is a well deserved award.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced Sandra Sansoni, a certified Mortgage Planning Specialist with Equity Reach Mortgage Solutions. Sandra believes that the key to business is  to create an experience for your clients that will inspire them to return again and refer their family and friends.

Sandra believes this is a good time to buy as it is a buyers market. Interest rates are usually similar to CD rates but now it is different, CD rates are at their lowest in recent history yet interest rates aren't at their lowest levels.

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Gael is a vivacious woman who lives her life with gusto. She shares her enthusiasm with the club and we are happy to have her as a member. Gael's fun-loving cantankerous attitude help make our meetings lively and enjoyable.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced Gary Hoving: A 34 year veteran law enforcement officer who recently retired as Chief Deputy, SLO Sheriff's Department.  BA in Administration/Justice; graduate of the FBINationalAcademy and a published author.  Founder and current president of the California Law Enforcement Historical Society.

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      Sandy Nichols introduced the speaker: he's a wonderful guy; has lived here forever and a good Rotarian.

      House prices are now attractive especially with an $8,000 tax credit for first time buyers and low interest rates. Jumbo loans are also attractive. The National Association of Realtors reports that 53% of sales are first time buyers. Locally, in May, 45 houses were sold in the Five Cities area as compared to 25 in April. In Santa Maria, two years ago, 50 houses sold; last month 103 were sold as it is a good market due to lower prices. In the Five Cities area, a house that sold for $610,000 is now worth $390,000; down 36%. In SM, a house that sold for $440,000 now sells for $225,000; almost 50%.

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      Introduced by proud dad, Breven Baima. Domenic is a junior at AGHS and will be seventeen next Monday.

      Domenic said his dad would transfer him back to Mission Prep School if he would apply to attend RYLA. He still didn't want to go but he found out that they served pizza at the interview so he thought he would go with a friend for support; the friend never showed. He was interviewed by Steve Curry and Steve Schumann. He was nervous during the interview and was surprised that he was accepted.

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     Grover Beach Community Library volunteers, Virginia Mothes and Maria Dowdy are signing up kids for the library's first summer reading program jointly sponsored by our Club. Also pictured is a Mom who came in with her younger kids to fill out the papers as her reader kid was in school. Almost ten kids have already signed up for the program that will culminate with a certificate presented to all who complete the ten chapter book reads. The certificates and a new free book will be presented by members of the Rotary and the library on August 14th.

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     City Councilmember, Bill Nicolls, introduced the speakers, Michael Hubert,                  Director of Building and Fire, Fire Chief and Jim Copsey, Police Chief.

     Hubert expressed his appreciation to the Rotary Club and for all they do for the community. He discussed the on going consolidation of fire services for the cities of Grover Beach, Arroyo Grande and the Oceano CSD. They are working towards a joint power authority including a proposed budget that will be presented for review with the idea that a plan will go forward to the governing bodies of each entity in the near future.

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Rotary's Four Way test and the life lessons found in an etiquette book go hand in hand. The simile of truth and etiquette bring a vivid picture to the mind, one that focuses on upbringing, support, benefit, fairness, and graciousness. All of the lessons a young person should be introduced to are found in etiquette just as all of life's lessons a grown person should be aware of are found within the twenty-four words that are the make-up of the Four Way Test.

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Joe Brittingham is a Certified Financial Planner and a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments located in the OHS/Long's Shopping Center in Pismo Beach, California. Mr. Brittingham began his financial career in 1996. Mr. Brittingham mentioned that we have witnessed many cycles in the financial market and that the market survives on two main factors:  fear and greed. There have been two major cycles:  the tech bubble which we all remember and the recent real estate turn-of-events. Oil and gas have hit some peaks as have government securities.

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Marc Garcia, R.N. is one of four owners of Central Coast Home Heath, Inc. Marc began his presentation with the realization that all of us, at some time, will probably help or take care of our parents. Central Coast Home Health is a skilled nursing agency. What they are prepared to do is occupational therapy, physical therapy, wound care, and give instructions to care givers. CCHH also provides speech therapy, has access to a nutritionist, and a medical social worker on staff to work with the nurses.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced the speaker: Jen Miller graduated from Fordham University in 2005; directed a Vocational School in Africa for three years; volunteered with Alpha to work with moms and babies and is currently the interim executive director with Alpha; on April 4th, she married her high school sweetheart.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced the guest speaker, Brian Keowski: AGHS graduate; Political Science degree from Cal Poly; law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego; practicing attorney, Shell Beach Law Group; Cuesta College instructor; President of San Luis Obispo County Historical Society Museum; member and past chair person of the Port San Luis Harbor Commission.

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President Cavanaugh, assisted by Scott Nichols, presented Mike Leon with his well deserved, well earned and long time coming full member Blue Badge.

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     Fifteen local Rotarians attended the presentation of the McGruff Safety book to the third grade classes at Grover Beach Elementary School. Led by Club member Sandra Sansoni, assisted by school principal, Juan Oliverria and crime fighter dog, McGruff, almost 100 books were distributed to very excited children. Grover Beach Rotary Club members congratulating the children as they received their books were: Sandra Sansoni, Steve Curry, Dick Keenan, Narlene Carter-Keenan, Jim Rowland, Mary Mylan, Bob Perrault, Tony Testa, Richard Roberts and Anita Shower.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced guest speaker, Spencer Ponce: a junior at AGHS and a co- captain of the school speech and debate team who recently placed second in Original Oratory, first in Oratorical Interpretation and qualified for State finals. He was recently accepted into the American Legion Boys State program and accepted into a one week program at the Annapolis Naval Academy.

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     Mike Balster introduced Larry Rutter: He is a member of the San Luis Obispo Bike Club, has a PhD in Political Science, was an executive lobbyist in Washington DC; years later he ventured into the small business world purchasing and operating local radio stations in the California Gold country. He sold out, moved to the SLO area, works for KCBX and is a volunteer counselor for SCORE, a non profit organization dedicated to helping small businesses.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced Jennifer Rhymes: 29 years with the YMCA. CEO for the Orange YMCA for 12 years. MS in Human Services administration and a BS from Cal Poly in recreation Administration. Started with the SLO County YMCA in 2001.

     The YMCA is a county wide effort. One of their successful programs is the Youth in Government. The kids role play and emulate government from local to national situations. The program creates better voters, more likely to hold some type of public office and transforms a better understanding, respect and knowledge of how our country's government works.
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Several Club members showed up for some early morning hard work and breakfast goodies at the Grover Beach Community Library book sale on Saturday. They helped move hundreds of books from the library to tables and the parking lot. It's reported that the sale went well and went beyond the Library's expectations. Thanks: Breven Baima, Jim Rowland, Mike & Marian Balster, Richard & Carol Roberts, Bob Perrault and Anita Shower.

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Anita Shower receives her Blue Badge in record time from the Grover Beach Rotary Club. Anita brightens our morning meetings with her smile and flair and brings considerable expertise to our club. As a past president of the Pismo Beach Rotary, newspaper columnist, radio show host, television personality, and a pillar of our community she is clearly accomplished.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced Terry Merlo: She has three children, two twin grand children and has been with New York Life Insurance for ten years. She is a recently certified by the State of California Long Term Care Planning agent. She is an active member of the Club.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced Gael Mueller: Born in Lindsay, California, two older brothers, her father was a CPA and a Scandinavian tenor; she sang her first song, Sandbox Lullaby, at the age of 2 and gave her first formal speech at the age of eleven. Mueller is a practicing attorney and a member of the Club.

     The California International Choral Festival & Competition, presented by the Blakeslee Family Foundation, is the only international choral festival in the USA and is once again being hosted at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo.
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President Cavanaugh announced that Sandy Nichols has agreed to be nominated for President Elect Nominee. This is an official notice to all Club members. Member comments on this nomination are to be emailed to the Club Secretary, Mary Mylan, mary.mylan@rabobank.com . Thanks for stepping up, Sandy!

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At the beginning of the meeting Scott Nichols was recognized and honored for his sterling service as the Club president for the past four months. In his honor, Steve Schumann played and sang an extemporaneous ditty titled, Helpless. Club members also sang a hearty 'Happy Birthday' (March 6th) to Scott.
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      Sandy Nichols introduced Eric Kelley & Daniel Silveira, Civil Engineering students at Cal Poly and representing Engineers Without Borders.

      The organization, founded in 2000 at University of Colorado, gives engineering students an opportunity for travel and to apply their skills to helping others in remote areas of the world. It is a non profit group that partners with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects. Currently there are 200 chapters responsible for 170 projects in 71 countries. Cal Poly has 50 members in their chapter.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced Danny Ender, a teacher at Lopez HS (LHS) for the past three years. He majored in History at UOP and his teaching credential at Cal Poly, and is now working on his Masters from Chapman University. He teaches US and World History and loves teaching at Lopez because of the diverse student population and his ability to help them achieve their goals in a small class environment.

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I was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Miami, Florida. While attending college my shorthand teacher told me I'd never make it in the business world so I left school and settled in Washington, D.C. where I worked for the Joint Commission on Correctional Manpower and Training and then a Court Management Study and finally as a bookkeeper for the largest patent law firm in the United States. After returning to Miami I did a little traveling and on a trip to Hong Kong in 1974, I met Manferd Jennings Shower, who lived in Grover City, California. Manferd and I married in 1975 in the front yard of the home I still occupy.
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      I just wanted to say thank you for ALL your hard work today. This project was a true challenge but at the end of the day I think we made a huge difference in Jo Ann's life, her neighbors and the community! It's always great working side by side with true friends and together we did something special for an elderly lady.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced P.J. Webb: She is a member of the Center's Stranding and Education Department Team operating out of the Morro Bay Triage Facility. She is a public interest attorney, lives in Cambria and works in ocean conservation, wildlife advocacy and nonprofit organization consultation.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced Chris Clark: An environmental attorney, member of the Bay Foundation Board of Directors; instructor in the City and Regional Planning Department at Cal Poly. He attended Grover Heights Elementary School.

     Chris started his presentation by telling us that he, as a kid, lived in Anita Shower's house and lived in Grover Beach for several years, attended Grover Heights Elementary School. One day, returning fresh from surfing, he hadn't even toweled off, made a visit to the old house and knocked on the door. This gracious lady opened the door, invited him into the foyer, listening to Chris explained why he was there, still dripping wet and in his bathing suit. It was a cordial, brief moment after which, embarrassed, he high tailed it back to his car. Anita said she doesn't remember the incident.

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Very sadly, I have decided that due to other commitments I cannot continue my membership in the Grover Beach Rotary. I very much want to continue to support and work with Rotary to help our city and hope you'll keep me in the loop regarding projects and fundraisers. And I hope that at sometime in the not too distant future I'll be able to join again.

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Sandy Nichols introduced Dr. Regan and he in turn introduced his wife, Carmen Enciso. Dr. Regan, a practicing audiologist, owns and operates an audiology and hearing instruments business, The Clinics, in Arroyo Grande. He is an Honorary International Rotarian. He and his wife perform medical missions for deaf children in Compostela, Mexico, several times each year.

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     Steve Curry introduced Sarah Bundy, the teacher/coordinator of the AGHS FFA program. Sara explained that the FFA club is the largest club at AGHS and has a wide range of programs available to its members. The FFA club has 432 members out of 2300 students at AGHS. Sara asked each of the FFA club members to talk about some of the classes offered in the AGHS FFA program.

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Mary Ann Reiss has been juggling her busy schedule and our morning Rotary meeting for some time. She truly enjoys the Grover Beach Rotary members but due to schedule changes is unable to attend morning meetings. Mary Ann is an avid Rotarian and has already joined the Pismo-5 Cities Rotary Club. Their lunch meeting is a better fit for her schedule. We will miss Mary Ann but are glad she is staying active in a local Rotary Club.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced the speakers: Karin Leonard, a teacher, a former small business owner, community mediator and always looking for volunteers. Marvin Daniels, teaches apple grafting at high schools, active member of California Rare Fruit Growers, OLLI curriculum committee. Both are members of OLLI, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced Susan Tucker and her Assistant Dog Partner, Sir Lancelot. Susan has been in the pet/dog/horse training business for over thirty years. Training service dogs has been her life and passion. It is a way for people to live independently; people with health and mobility problems. Dogs are a good option and, if you have a disability, a way to live more independently. The human partner may have a hidden disability, such as cancer, chronic back pain from injuries aging attacks or a serious hearing impairment. Dogs can be trained to do medical alerts, blood sugar alerts and become life savers. Their harness can be designed to serve as a cane providing stability, counter balance and prevent you from falling. They are trained to fetch items needed by the partner and to give it to them in a manner that is comfortable.

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     Bill Nicolls announced that Terry Merlo has been selected as the GB Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Terry is one of our more active and productive members of the Club. She is also involved in other community service projects and "Service Above Self" is her by word. He encouraged club members to support Terry by attending the Chamber annual meeting and dinner, January 23, Pelican Point, 5:30 pm. Call 489-9091 for tickets. Congratulations, Terry!

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Kevin Wooley has been very active in our club and a great asset. We all enjoy Kevin's hard work and quick wit. As a result of Kevin's active role in our club he received his blue badge in record time.

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      Sandy Nichols introduced Dana Cummings: Served six years in the Marine Corps in both Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He is an amputee having lost a leg due to a car accident. Dana co founded AmpSurf, a non profit organization made up of amputees, those related to amputees, and those who work with amputees and others with disabilities. There purpose is to work with amputees through Adaptive Surfing and other fun safe outdoor activities. Dana has a degree in Computer Software Engineering and is currently the Executive Director of AmpSurf. He actively participates in surfing, water skiing and soccer.

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      Santa Clause, Christmas Carols, cookies, crafts, fun, fun, fun!  The party, hosted by the Club, was a great success with lots of Christmas spirit for the little ones.  Forty to fifty children ranging in age from six to twelve were given a special Christmas treat at the Boys & Girls Club in Oceano, December 23rd.
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Sandra Sansoni, sponsored by Breven Baima, having completed all of her new member tasks, was presented with her Blue Badge by President Scott. CONGRATULATIONS AND GOOD WORK, SANDRA!!

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President Scott presented our Mission Inn waitress, Jennifer, with a Christmas tip collected from the members and thanked her for her great smile and the great service she has given us over the past year. Jennifer said, "You are a great group, you always say hi to me and remember my name. Thank you!"

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The Grover Beach Rotary with the help of the AGHS Interact group successfully stepped off the parade. It was a beautiful day and fun was had by all.
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With heavy hearts the board has accepted Rebecca McMurray's resignation from our club. We wish her well her future endeavors.

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      Sandy Nichols thanked Dick Keenan for stepping up with a program on short notice. Dick has worked in the real estate business for over 23 years; he has been married six years to his partner in the business, fellow Rotarian, Narlene Carter.

      Dick Keenan said that the Keenan Carter Group have a huge presence in Santa Maria, that they are focusing on foreclosure opportunities in the North Santa Barbara area and the title of his pictorial presentation is, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!". In speaking of the housing foreclosure market, he said that the seeds of the beginning of the best of times have been planted and we are in a time of considerable investment opportunity that only comes around every 10 to 15 years.

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Steve Schumann received his blue badge in record time. Steve wasted no time in becoming thoroughly involved in our club. He has taken over printing our weekly bulletin, leads the song at the beginning of some of our meeting, and is coordinating a food drive. We are happy to have Steve as a member of our club.

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     Mike Leon introduced Commander Jake Miller, saying that he has had the privilege to work with Jake for many years on the annual Thanksgiving Pismo Beach Community Dinner, sponsored by the Pismo Beach Police Officers Association, an event celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced Kendra Kimlinger president of the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club who is a participant in the matching grant program with Valparaiso Chile for the Scholars for Schools program.

     The program was started by Ambassadorial Scholars in Chile recognizing the lack of books for school children to complete their education. Local students are given a summer reading list consisting of 12 books but since few families can afford the books they buy one or two books and share them between students. The result was students were able to read only two or three books during the summer. The school previously had no library and in fact no public schools in Valparaiso have a library nor are there public libraries.
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      Sandy Nichols introduced Ms. Gael Mueller:  she graduated from San Diego State with a Bachelor's degree in 1981; received her law degree from McGeorge School of Law in 1985; worked 15 years as a public defender for Kern County; and, has six years of private practice exclusive to criminal defense.

      Ms. Mueller began her talk by relating 44 years ago her father took her to Washington DC where they visited the Capitol Senate chambers and she observed the vote for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a historical event; and, now, just last night, Barrack Obama, the first black man elected to become the country's president. This event was accomplished smoothly, without riots, disorder in the streets, no gun fire and it speaks well for the unique democratic process that occurs in the United States of America. We should all be proud.

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     Sandy Nichols introduced Ms. Bledsoe. She has a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology & Nutrition Science from UC, Davis. In college she competed in gymnastics, power lifting and bodybuilding. She holds the 1983 Ms. Golden Bear and Ms. Yolo County Bodybuilding titles. She is completing a book, "Boundary Keepers: How to Give Your Heart without Losing Your Mind". As a member of the "Sandwich Generation", she has personal experience in sustaining a balance between caring for her daughter and aging relatives at the same time.

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      Arnie Dowdy, introduced by Sandy Nichols, is past president of the PB/Five Cities Club, past district 5042 Governor, past chair of the District Rotary Foundation, is still active in Rotary work and was characterized by Sandy as Mr. Rotary. And, if you need a good actor, he might be available.

      In his opening remarks, Dowdy said that a good speech is one with a good opening, a good ending and a short space in between. He relates that the Grover Beach Club really has a lot of fun and it's always a pleasure to attend our meetings. His story will be about Rotary.

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The lighter crowds at this year's Clam Festival hurt our raffle however we did achieve some success. Thanks to the efforts of Mike, Breven, Terry, Brenda, Regina, Kevin, Bob, Gael, Breven again, Mike again, Mary, Mike again, Bill, Dick, Lisa, Scott, Sandy, Richard & Carol, Debbie, Mike again, and Tony.

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      Lisa Evans introduced Dr. Amir as an Ophthalmologist, Pacific Eye Surgeons, received his degree from George Washington School of Medicine, has a specialty in cataract surgery and is the past president of the SLO Medical Association.

      Dr. Amir discussed the most common eye problems and complaints:

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Gael was a military wife in her prior life. She graduated San DiegoState College with an economics degree. As a single Mom, Gael raised her 9 year old daughter while attending LawSchool.

Upon completing LawSchool, Gael worked for the KernCounty public defenders office.
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Sandra is a native Californian and was married on September 27 to Bruce Ekmanian. She lives in PismoBeach and grew up on a farm near Los Banos which has been in her family for three generations. All of their food was grown on the ranch. Her great grandfather purchased the farm from Henry Miller, a famous land owner in Northern California.
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His wife brought him to the CentralCoast and he has two chidren 23 and 24 years old. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a masters degree in Computer Security. He began working in a computer business after moving to the CentralCoast. Soon after Kevin started, his boss decided to quit the business do missionary work full time.
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Steve and his wife Julie own SLOCO Data & Printing. They print posters, mailers, cards, programs, and handle most other printing needs. They specialize in developing marketing mailers which are likely to be read by recipients.

Steve is now a member of Rotary, Foot Printers, a board member of the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce, and a member of LifeLinePregnancyCenter in GroverBeach.

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The Grover Beach Rotary celebrated its 5th anniversary at Rosa's Restaurant was well attended. President Breven Baima introduced some notable attendees including District Governor Anil Garg, three of the charter presidents from the Pismo Beach Rotary Club, John Murphy, Arnie Dowdy, and Steve Curry
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Steve Shumann, Printing and Graphics, of SLOCO Data and Printing whose office is in GroverBeach, is inducted by District Governor Anil Garg. Steve is an important member of our community and an excellent addition to our club.

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Kevin Woolley, Computer Consultant for BCS Consulting is inducted by District Governor Anil Garg. Kevin's business has been helping local businesses with security and management issues related to their computing needs. Kevin is an excellent addition to our club.

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Sandra Sansoni, Mortgage consultant for Equity Research Mortgage is inducted by District Governor Anil Garg. Sandra was married the week before being inducted. It has been quite an exciting couple of weeks. Sandra is an excellent addition to our club.

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     In introducing the speaker, Sandy Nichols related that he is a type #1 diabetic, a marathon runner and a local cross country coach.

     Ralph White explained that he had given many speeches on running to runners, but never to the general public like today. In 1960, he was diagnosed with Type #1 diabetes, the worst kind that generally manifests into death before the age of 25. He is over 40. He was not allowed to attend PE classes by his high school so his parents partitioned the school to allow him to participate in PE.
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      Richard Roberts introduced Honorary Member Clifford Clark, saying that after military service, Clifford  studied law in LA, married Mary Lee, moved to Grover City, started his practice in a building constructed from a chicken coop on 9th St., was a Founding Member of the Mid State Bank, heavily involved in and directed the construction of the Clark Center;
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      Sandy Nichols introduced Carol & Richard Roberts to present a pictorial review of a river cruise they took in Russia in 2004.

      Carol told the story about asking the ship captain if it was a no smoking cruise. He said yes, as they recently had a mixed group of eastern Europeans, Americans, Canadians and Brits on a cruise who promptly collected all of the ashtrays and threw them overboard. Now they exclude all Europeans from this scheduled cruise.

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     In Sandy's absence Scott Nichols introduced our speaker, Jim Copsey, Grover Beach Police Chief. Jim is no stranger to our club as he use to be a member. Jim spoke on the goals and accomplishments of the Grover Beach Police Department.

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The Grover Beach Rotarians staffed a both at the Stone Soup Festival in GroverBeach. Pictured here are Brenda, Terry, and our newest member, Gael. We auctioned a 42" plasma TV, attracted some potential members, and raised some money. What a great weekend. Many helped staff the booth including Breven, Richard, Lisa, Mike, Scott, Sandy, Bob, John, Tony, Michael, Mary, and Bill.

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     Gael Mueller was inducted as a new Club member by District Governor, Anil Garg. He said that the Rotary emblem he pinned on her lapel would be recognized and treated with honor anywhere in the world. He also gave her a "Make Dreams Real" pin and challenged Gael to bring in at least one new member within the next six months. Gael said she was ready to meet the tasks needed to change her red badge to a blue badge, thanked Breven for sponsoring her, thanked the Club for accepting her; and, said that her father, if he was alive, a Kiwanis Lt. Governor, would be proud of her. Welcome to the family of Rotary, Gael Mueller!

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     Lisa Mumford introduced our speaker, Anil Garg, Governor, District 5240:  Born and raised in India. BS degree in Metallurgical engineering, Masters in engineering from UCLA. After twenty years as an engineer, changed his focus and became a financial adviser and owns his business, APEX Financial Services. His wife of 38 years, Lika, is a CPA. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Simi Valley. At the District level he has been a Group Rep, Assistant Governor, Youth Exchange Officer, International Service Director, Chair for Grants Committee and Executive Assistant Governor. Twice he received the Rotary Foundation District Service Award; twice the District Rotarian of the Year; a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a major donor and Benefactor.

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      Sandy Nichols introduced the speaker: Michael Boyer. He is a wizard marketing consultant that has worked for a number of private and non profit organizations helping them develop their marketing strategies. He serves on the PB/Five Cities Rotary Board, the GB Chamber Board and the Clark Center Foundation Endowment Committee. In 2007 the Economic Vitality Corporation of SLOCounty presented him with their "Top 20 under 40" award for his professional excellence and profound commitment to the community. He is currently the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Elements, a marketing business with an international presence.

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      Sandy Nichols introduced the speaker of the day: Scott Smith, a retired police commander from the Pismo Beach Police Department. A graduate of University of Redlands, 15 years experience working for the City of Redlands and 15 years with the City of Pismo Beach.

      Smith said that the usual police job is to enforce the law, prevent crime and that they do not have much opportunity to actually save a life; but, the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has changed that for police officers and many others.
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     During her introduction as president of the Exploration Station Board of Directors, Peggy Hoobery was presented with a bouquet of  flowers and thanked for all she contributes to the success of our Club; Burdine printing, owned by Peggy, has comped our bulletin each week for the last five years. Thank you, Peggy!  Assisting in the Exploration Station story was Deborah Love, volunteer Executive Director of the Exploration Station.

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She forwards Club donation goals to RI. Every Rotarian is expected to donate to RI Foundation; and, the Club goal is $125 per person. This goal was exceeded last year. Money from fund raisers is used to send the Pres-Elect to PERLS and other training seminars; and, to the RI convention; and, she emphasizes the importance of fund raising events.
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He gives credit to Richard Roberts for writing most bulletin articles and for the press releases and the number of articles that appear in the press regarding our Club's activities. He reminds us that press releases or comments to press should be accompanied by a contact person and phone number for reporter questions. He is initiating contact with GB City Manager, Bob Perrault, to work towards a Rotary emblem at the entrance or entrances to GB.
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As examples, he reports that the Club was involved in developing 8 water wells, donating 500 wheelchairs, National Immunization Day and school equipment in Nigeria; funding for an orphanage in Sri Lanka, etc. He wanted us to know that what we give is effective in helping others throughout the world.
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Organizes and manages events that will help the community, such as, Parks & Recreation Halloween Party, Holiday Parade, Fire/Police appreciation day, elementary school track meet, etc; youth service including RYLA and will be looking for help in this area; hopes to visit two businesses as a part of vocational outreach. She opines that it is fun to help and volunteer for community activities.
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She will be working on a potential member and new member presentation package. She challenges each member to bring in one new member this fiscal year.
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Coordinates and schedules weekly speaker program. To gain member participation, this year she hopes each member will select a date(s) over the next few months to provide a speaker. She circulated a sign up sheet saying that if it works, good, if not we'll try something else. For Fellowship, she has scheduled Aug 27th for a social meeting with District Governor; Oct 2nd for five year Club anniversary dinner/party; Dec 10th for Club Christmas celebration.

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President Baima announced that there were 13 Club members that attended the Rotary Pavilion ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday at the GroverHeightsPark in GroverBeach. The City provided snacks for the large crowd in attendance. Rotary members Bill Nicolls, John Shoals and Breven Baima spoke about the project and thanked the Club and donors who made it possible. Richard Roberts said that the success of this major contribution made by our Club was due to the great efforts of Bill Nicolls who not only organized and managed the fund raising and construction of the pavilion, but also donated his personal labor by carrying mortar and bricks for the brick mason. Job well done, Bill!

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Tony Testa , a new member of the Grover Beach Rotary Club, received his blue badge in record time. After joining our club Tony immediately shared his painting expertise during our Rotary Work Day. We are happy to have Tony as a member in our Rotary Club.

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     Introduced by Sandy Nichols: Inger has lived in the area since 1985. She is the chair of the Arroyo Grande Relay For Life event in the Five Cities area. She is an Independent Agent for United First Financial, who created a financial GPS system, the Money Merge Account, to optimize people's money - UFirst.

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President Baima, presented the Paul Harris Fellow award to Rebecca McMurry. The award was dedicated by Suellen Iness who said Rebecca was always available when needed, a truly giving person, a strong Club member, a RYLA instructor, served on the Board and met the principles set by Paul Harris.

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      Seven Club members attended this important ground breaking ceremony last Thursday. John Shoals, Bill Nicolls, Bob Perrault, Jim Rowland, Richard Roberts, Mary Mylan and Breven Baima. Mary & Breven wore their Rotary pins with pride. The others are waiting to hear from the Fine Master.

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     Steve Knudson, a 2005 graduate of Cal Poly, until just recently, worked as the Legislative Assistant for the SLO County Farm Bureau. He will soon be moving to Tulare where he accepted a job as Communications Director for WorldAgricultureExpositionCenter.

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      Steve Curry introduced Mr. Sam Bwaya and said that he had been working with him, Interact Club and other Clubs on a school science lab equipment project for over two years. He said that he and Sam met at the recent RI convention and renewed their friendship. He joined Rotary six years ago, he has served in various Club and District capacities including President of the Kampala West Club in Uganda. His classification is Auditing Services.

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      In presenting this award, President Cavanaugh said that she was quite relieved when Terry volunteered to step in and fill a Board vacancy as Services Director. "She is an absolute firecracker," Cavanaugh said. Terry gave ideas on projects; she organized, scheduled and followed up on critical issues. She was always one of the first to step up to volunteer for projects, events and when we needed fund raising. It would have been difficult to complete, let alone exceed, projects and goals this year. "Terry has a 'can do' attitude and that is why I chose Terry as 'Rotarian of the Year'", Cavanaugh said. Congratulations, Terry Merlo!

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     The Grover Beach Rotary showed it's appreciation for President Brenda Cavanaugh at Steamers on June 25th. It was an amazing evening with Brad Evans standing in for Johnny Carson. The background music, audience direction, and commercial breaks were all orchestrated by Sandy Nichols, Lisa Evans and Scott Nichols. Brad's questions to Brenda were pointed and Brenda had to defer to her husband Randy to help with the answers.

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Steve Curry gave a very uplifting report on the recent RI convention in Los Angeles. He wishes more could attend. There were over 40,000 Rotarians and guests. He said that the Portland convention was memorable as 19 members of the PB/Five Cities Club were in attendance. Speakers were inspirational. There were over a 100 booths; some selling souvenirs, others displaying the efforts of Clubs throughout the world. There was an Interact and a Rotoract booth.

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     Sandy Nichols, Terry Merlo, Rebecca, McMurry, Lisa Evans and Regina Sheldon presented her with a pair of beautiful earrings and necklace. They also arranged for a celebration cake. Richard Roberts presented Minon with a Sacagawea USA dollar coin and a brief history of Sacagawea's hard life. Sacagawea was married to a Frenchman. Richard said, "When, and if, you get discouraged, take the coin, rub it and Sacagawea's toughness will pass along to you." He also explained the history of the song, "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow", which originated in France. With that, Manon, played the ukulele and the Club sang, "For She's a Jolly Good Fellow"! Au revoir, Manon, we'll miss you, so come see us again!

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     President Cavanaugh , on behalf of the Club, presented Minon with a variety of Rotary Club memorabilia: pins, writing pen, refrigerator magnet, Rotary Wheel window decals, a sparkly star, Club flag, Rotary body tattoo and an iPod credit card for music.
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     Bob Perrault and Bill Nicolls, representing the City of Grover Beach, in presenting to Minon, a package of City memorabilia, said it was fun having her here and wished her the best of luck.
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     Our Exchange Student from France, Manon Falise, will be leaving Friday on a month long train/bus trip of the USA with 28 other Exchange Students. Manon said that they will visit Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, WashingtonDC, Boston and New Orleans. She is very excited. After the trip she will return for 12 days before returning to France. She said they have a different curriculum in France than here and she will have to repeat her junior year. While here she joined the cross country team and was on the AGHS swim team. She took a drama class which she enjoyed very much.

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     Introduced by Sandy Nichols: Karen Kile has served as the Executive Director of the SLOArtCenter since 1999. She is a graduate of Cal Poly with a Business & Journalism degree. In 2003, Ms. Kile was selected as a Cuesta College Woman of Distinction.

     Karen said that the purpose of the Center is to provide and promote a variety of visual arts experiences for all ages through exhibition, education, expression and interaction. She said, "Getting to meet the artists is one of our primary goals." Most artists are local but the center's curator does find other artists in the nation that give the right message. They have art teaching programs for children 5-12 years of age, teenagers and adults that feature workshops conducted by known artists.