Club Meeting Information
Service Above Self
We meet the second and fourth Thursday evenings of the month at 7:00pm, Scopazzi's restaurant, Boulder Creek.  And the third Wednesday morning of each month at 8:00am at the SLV USD District Office Multi-Purpose Room at 325 Marion Ave, Ben Lomond. 
Contact us via the above "Contact Us" link or via USPS at
PO Box 294, Felton,  CA  95018
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We meet the second and fourth Thursday evenings of the month at 7:00pm, Scopazzi's restaurant, Boulder Creek.  And the first and third Wednesday mornings of each month at 8:00am at the SLV USD District Office Multi-Purpose Room at 325 Marion Ave, Ben Lomond. 
  • Wednesday, December 6, 8:00am, SLV USD District Office, Speaker Keith Collins, Veterans Village
  • Thursday, December 14, 7:00pm, Scopazzi's  Speaker Kellie Rice, local author
  • Wednesday, December 20, 8:00am, SLV USD District Office, Speaker TBD
November is Rotary Foundation Month.  As Cameron, Chair of Rotary Foundation for our Club always says: EREY, Every Rotarian, Every Year donates to the Rotary Foundation.  By far the easiest way to do this is via My dot Rotary.  Or just chat up Cameron to work it out.

Scott Tucker, History of Boulder Creek

New member Scott Tucker was our speaker this evening.  He has become quite the expert in the history of Boulder Creek.  He has collected a significant number of vintage photographs and is always taking advantage of the Santa Cruz area newspaper archives at MAH and UCSC.  Beginning next January  2024, he will begin a series of  historical talks at the SLV Museum.  He already has a weekly 15 slot on historical topics every Thursday on KBCZ.

Cully Gruczelak, Damians Ladder

Cully is with the Damian's Ladder organization.  The group works to support  Seniors and the disabled that have lived in their homes in the Scotts/San Lorenzo Valley area for many years and may have limited incomes.  They are often not able to afford small repairs and updates to their property. This could include anything from fixing a leaky faucet to installing an access ram.  Volunteers at Damians Ladder are ready to fill the void for these basic needs.
Today was our annual dictionary distribution for SLV 4th graders.  A group of clubmembers went to both SLV Elementary and Boulder Creek Elementary 4th grade classes with new dictionaries for each student.
Andrew Lucia, Jeanne & Terry Howard, Cindy Sekkel, Scott & Linda Deal

Orrin Mahoney, Rotary Foundation

Orrin is the District 5170 Chair for The Rotary Foundation.  November is Foundation month and the call is out to all members to make a contribution to the Foundation.  It's easy to make a contribution online at My.Rotary. The charitable Foundation has three major areas of emphasis: The Annual Fund, Polio Plus and the Endowment.  Please look up information on the Foundation on the RI website.

Sylvia Whitlock

Ron Sekkel introduced speaker Sylvia Whitlock presenting via zoom.  In 1987, Sylvia  Whitlock became president of the Rotary Club of Duarte California making her the first woman to hold such a position within Rotary International. The chapter's charter had previously been revoked in 1978 after they violated Rotary International policy by admitting women. The Duarte club filed suit and the revocation was overturned. Rotary International appealed the decision to the US Supreme Court. The Court confirmed the Californian decision supporting women, in the case of Board of Directors, Rotary International v. Rotary Club of Duarte. After the ruling, Rotary International ended their policy of gender restrictions.

Bonny Hawley

Our speaker today was Bonny Hawley, a long-time resident of SLV.  She has been very active in the community working for Joe Cucciara and Fred Keeley in the past, associated with the state Assembly  for 12 years.  She has contributed to various Town Plans and Quail Hollow Park plans.  She is active in the Friends of Santa Cruz County parks working together with the state and Mountain Parks Foundation.  One of the most recent parks she has been working on is the Castro Adobe State Historic Park.  This is the newest State Historic Park and is recently opened for visitors after extensive restoration work after damage done by the earthquake in the '80s.  The Friends are now turning their attention to Sea Cliff which suffered much damage in the recent storms last winter.

Kristin Praly

The speaker this evening was Kristin Praly from Horse Sense & Advocacy.  This non-profit group helps horse owners learn the proper feel, timing, and awareness necessary for the effective communication their horses.  Kristin will help you sort out issues causing confusion between you and your equine.   Horse Sense Educators will help you to become a clear confident partner and rider. 

Mike Humenik

Mike Humenik of the Santa Cruz Mineral & Gem Society talked to the club this morning on gems and minerals and where to find them.  Here he is holding a big chunk of calcite crystal.  He talked mainly of caving (spelunking is the term) and gave some details of the caves on the UCSC property, two of which are named Empire and IXL.

Kevin Foster

Kevin Foster is with the Native Animal Rescue (NAR). He brought two friends: Zeus the owl and a red-tail hawk I didn't get the name of!  NAR is a small, local non-profit licensed by both the California and Federal Departments of Fish & Wildlife to rescue and rehabilitate the sick, injured or orphaned wildlife of Santa Cruz county and surrounding areas.  Their goal is to rehabilitate to release back into the wild.  They have 5 paid staff and more than 60 volunteers, handling more than 3,000 animals per year.  Here he is with both birds with president Andrew assisting.
Upcoming Events
Pay your detective fines, general fines or other donations to the club here.
Kellie Rice
Dec 14, 2023 7:00 PM
Interested in Rotary?
Are you interested in learning more about Rotary?  Perhaps attending one of our weekly  meetings?  Want to contribute directly to the San Lorenzo Valley communities?  Call Michelle Peters, SLV Rotary Membership Chair at (408) 508-9423 or email  Or even easier, click the "Contact Us" link at the top of this home page.  We look forward to hearing from you.
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