Club Meeting Information
Service Above Self
We meet Wednesdays at 7:15AM
Ristorante Casa Nostra
9217 Highway 9
Ben Lomond,  CA  95005
We meet Second and Fourth Thursdays at 6:15 PM
Scopazzi's Restaurant
13300 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek,  CA  95006
Home Page Stories
NOTICE: Dues are due now for October, November & December 2019, invoices were sent out four weeks ago.  Please be sure to remit to Ken at a meeting or mail to PO Box 294, Felton, 95018.
Casa Nostra Ristorante, Ben Lomond, 7:15am
  • Wednesday 11/6/2019, Club Assembly
  • Wednesday 11/13/2019, Speaker Dean Kaufman, Veterans Services
  • Wednesday 11/20/2019, Speaker Jon Winston, Rotary Grants
Scopazzi's Restaurant, Boulder Creek, 6:15pm
  • Thursday 11/14/2019, Speaker Ron Sekkel, TRF Africa projects
Bear Creek Park Clubhouse, 5:30pm
  • Wednesday 11/13/2019, SLV Rotary Board Meeting

Our Rotary Foundation Chair, Past-President Linda Fawcett reminds the club - November is the kick-off month of our Rotary Foundation campaign.  We hope that we can count on every Rotarian, every year to make a donation. Instructions for making your annual Rotary Foundation donation via Rotary Direct with either a one-time or automatic recurring payment by credit card is on the main Rotary website.
Here is the process, step-by-step:
  • Go to
  • Click on the Sign In link at the top right of the window.  If you’ve never logged into or forgot your credentials, hit the forgot password link and it’ll get you set up.
  • Click on the DONATE link at the top right of the window.
  • Make sure Annual Fund is selected (very important!)
  • Scroll down and select Recurring Donation and click on either one-time or recurring then enter the frequency and amount
  • Scroll down and provide payment info.
  • Submit & your donation is done.- Return your completed pledge card to Linda or email  Linda ( so we can ensure you’re getting credit for the donation.
Of course, Linda will also accept checks.  But she still needs the pledge cards!

10/16/2019, Casa Nostra
The speaker at the Wednesday 10/16 meeting was Marc Adato, Manager of Community Relations for the Monterey Bay Community Power organization (MBCP).   Committed to providing cleaner energy at a lower cost, MBCP replaces PG&E's role in determining how and where our electricity is generated; MBCP sources electricity exclusively from carbon-free and renewable energy sources.  PG&E continues to deliver electricity and maintain electric infrastructure and billing.
Marc Adato
Dictionary Distribution
Following the meeting, a small group of the club did the annual distribution of dictionaries to the fourth graders at Boulder Creek and SLV Elementary Schools.  There is a new photo album of 18 pictures of the dictionary distribution.  The link to the photo album is on the web site page "Club Pages" over on the left side of this home page.
10/23/2019, Casa Nostra
Due to miscommunication we had no speaker today, so Charlie presided over a sing-along of Mills Brothers favorites of his, followed by Club Assembly.
10/23/2019, Bear Creek Park
The monthly Board meeting took place, Club Secretary Janet presiding.  Several key items were discussed and the minutes will be posted as soon as they are available from Secretary Janet
10/24/2019, Scopazzi's
The speaker tonight was Tami Trayce of the San Lorenzo Valley Emergency Network.  The San Lorenzo Valley Emergency Network (SLVEN) educates, organizes, and coordinates our community to help prepare for and respond to emergencies, particularly natural disasters and other threats to life and property.
San Lorenzo Valley Emergency Network
Tami Trayce
We celebrated Club Founder Gil Gunn's 100th birthday with a party with his friends, family and SLV Rotary Club on Tuesday, 9/24 at Mount Hermon.  Julie Haff contributed a lot of photographs and you can see them in the Photo Album on the Club Pages link.  I'm cribbing from the photo caption in the Sentinel (credit Dan Coyro): Gil Gunn with his wife Marge at his side, celebrates his 100th birthday surrounded by family, friends and fellow Rotary members.  Granddaughter Tasma traveled from Amsterdam, sons Greg and Gary and daughter Katy also traveled to be here. Gil is a charter member of the SLV Rotary Club and mayor of Sunnyvale in the 70's.  Ron Sekkel (also a founder of SLV Rotary) presided at the ceremony with Joe Griffin announcing that the club will dedicate the footbridge over Bull Creek at the new Felton Library in honor of Gil as the "Gil Gunn Bridge to Nature".
Gil Gunn
Gil's Chocolate Cake and his favorite Rotary decoration - the flags of the nations of the world
Today our speaker was Tim Brattan of Grey Bears.  Grey Bears was started in 1973 by two UCSC students who recognized nutrition requirements for the elderly poor in Santa Cruz county were not being met.  Today Grey Bears distributes about 1.7 million pounds of produce and 685,000 pounds of day-old bread annually.  In addition they provide 40,000 hot meals per year, both breakfast and lunch.  They're about the only recycling operation left in the county with facilities at the Ben Lomond transfer station and their headquarters on Chanticleer.   Tim said that volunteers contribute 85,000 hours per year.  Their thrift shop operation maintains 2nd Saturday Half-off days.
Tim Brattan
Wednesday morning Charlie reviewed the history of Mount Hermon Conference Center with the group.  His family has been involved with Mount Hermon since its founding.
Thursday night, Mountain Community Theater President Peter Gelblum and playwright Jeffrey Scharf talked about the challenge of putting on a musical, their latest is Mama Mia.
Charlie Johnson
Peter Gelblum and Jeffrey Scharf
Upcoming Events
Dean Kaufman (Casa Nostra)
Nov 13, 2019 7:30 AM
Veterans Services
Ron Sekkel (Scopazzi's)
Nov 14, 2019 6:30 PM
Rotary Foundation Project
Jon Winston (Casa Nostra)
Nov 20, 2019 7:30 AM
Rotary Grants
Coco Raner-Walter (Casa Nostra)
Dec 11, 2019 7:30 AM
Civic Summit
Club Executives & Directors
President (board)
President-Elect (board)
Past President (board)
Treasurer (board)
Secretary (board)
Officer-At-Large (board)
Executive Secretary/Director
Membership Chair
Foundation Chair