Rotary Club of Freedom

March 17, 2015 Club Meeting eBulletin


March 17, 2015 -- Happy St. Paddy's Day


Meeting called to order by President Vince at 12:30 PM

Pledge: Led by Jessie, a visiting Rotaract Member

Thought of Day:  Ron I.  “May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, The foresight to know where you are going, And the insight to know when you have gone too far.” An Irish Blessing.


-          Jason Roong

-          Taran Barca-Hall

-          Gloria, the Freedom Elementary Principal, and four 3rd grade students with perfect attendance.

-          Tom Conway & Scott Web – Guest Speakers

-          Three members of Rotaract Club of Santa Cruz: Jessie Case, Bonni Baichon, and Cindy Tret.

Visiting Rotarians

-          Rich Otto – Watsonville Rotary Club

Announcements & Correspondence:

-          Ben: Final planning meeting for Casino Night meals, tonight, 5:00 PM at PV Printing, and only two spots left for Yosemite.

-          John S: Noted that we’ve reached the deadline for Casino Night sponsors.

-          Vince: District Conference, April 19, San Jose.  Also, Giants Tickets are available.

-          Kirk: Burrito Bash is a go for October 3rd, 2015, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce.

-          No club meeting next Tuesday, March 24th.

Detective, conducted by Vince

-          All Rotarians not wearing badge pay $5.

-          All Rotarians wearing a badge pay $2.

Raffle, conducted by Vince

-          Several members won bags of chocolate.


Guest Speaker:  Scott Weber is a Director of the Easter Seals in the Central California.  Tom Conway is the CEO and President of the Easter Seals Central California.  Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Stay connected! Sign up to receive news and special announcements.

Easter Seals was started by two Rotarians in 1907, Edgar Allen and Paul Harris.

Tragedy Leads to Inspiration
In 1907, Ohio-businessman Edgar Allen lost his son in a streetcar accident. The lack of adequate medical services available to save his son prompted Allen to sell his business and begin a fund-raising campaign to build a hospital in his hometown of Elyria, Ohio. Through this new hospital, Allen was surprised to learn that children with disabilities were often hidden from public view. Inspired by this discovery, in 1919 Allen founded what became known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the first organization of its kind.

The lily - a symbol of spring - was officially incorporated as Easter Seals' logo in 1952 for its association with resurrection and new life and has appeared on each seal since.

Easter Seals Emerges
The overwhelming public support for the Easter "seals" campaign triggered a nationwide expansion of the organization and a swell of grassroots efforts on behalf of people with disabilities. By 1967, the Easter "seal" was so well recognized, the organization formally adopted the name "Easter Seals."

Easter Seals Today
Easter Seals offers help, hope and answers to more than a million children and adults living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other disabilities or special needs and their families each year. Services and support are provided through a network of more than 550 sites in the U.S. and through Ability First Australia. Each center provides exceptional services that are individualized, innovative, family-focused and tailored to meet specific needs of the particular community served.

Locally, Easter Seals Central California has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives since 1947. From child development centers to autism services and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

·         1948 Crippled Children’s Society of Santa Cruz joined the National Easter Seals Society for Crippled Children

·         1954 Changed name to Easter Seals Society for Crippled Children and Adults expanding services to serve adults

·         1964 Property was donated to Easter Seals by the Harmon sisters of Boulder Creek, which is now known as Easter Seals Camp Harmon

·         1987 Easter Seal Society of Monterey County joined the Santa Cruz affiliate

·         1995 Easter Seal Society of the Central Valley joined the Easter Seal Society of the Monterey Bay Region

·         2003 In partnership with Children’s Hospital Central California, ESCC opened the Child Development Center child care for children of differing abilities.

·         2014 Today, the organization continues to be known as Easter Seals Central California.

Adjournment: 1:30 PM