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Until further notice, due to the current public health crisis, San Lorenzo Valley Rotary meetings will continue to be held via the online service Zoom.  Zoom meeting IDs and passwords are published in the meeting schedule as they are available.
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  • Wed, June 23, 5:30pm, Club Board Meeting, Zoom


Rotary District 5170 is excited to host its first major in-person event in over a year! Join Rotarians, Rotaractors, guests, and their families at our combined District Conference and Roast N’ Toast event happening live at Gilroy Gardens!

When: Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 9 AM to 8 PM
Where: Gilroy Gardens, 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA 95020 (map)
Who: All Rotarians, Rotaractors, their families, and any guests of Rotary
Price: See the Event Web Site for Details:


Ian Larkin was named Unit Chief of the San Mateo Santa Cruz Unit, effective May 11, 2016.

Chief Larkin was born and raised in Watsonville, CA and now makes his home in Scotts Valley, CA with his wife and two daughters.

He has served with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for 28 years. Career Highlights: Chief Larkin began his fire service career in 1988, as a Paid Call Firefighter with the Salsipudes Fire Protection District in Santa Cruz County and began his professional career as a Firefighter I with CAL FIRE in the San Mateo – Santa Cruz Unit (CZU) in July of 1990.

Cal Fire CZU Unit Chief Ian Larkin detailed some of the issues of the CZU Complex fire and especially focused on "Steps to becoming prepared".  There is lots of information on the Cal Fire Website.  Here is one of his slides with several links.
Chief Ian Larkin
Today's speaker was Dawn Roh.  Dawn is President and co-founder of High Council Foundation, a local Santa Cruz non-profit organization established on February 20, 2020.  High Council Foundation was established to enrich our community through collaboration and collective acts of kindness. Currently she is organizing the construction of the Community Tool Shed, a lending library of new tools free of charge to the many families rebuilding their homes and rebuilding their lives following the devastating CZU Complex Fire. Over 30 local companies and organizations are working together to build the Community Tool Shed located at the Bear Creek Community Center in Boulder Creek. 
The construction of the Tool Shed is nearing completion and they expect a Grand Opening at the end of June.  Ways to support the work include direct donation to the High Council Foundation or buying a new construction tool at Scarborough Hardware, tagging it and placing in the designated barrel.  Dawn can be reached at (831) 600-8426.
Dawn Roh
This was a nice success for the club.
Thank you to everyone who helped on Saturday to make it a successful fundraiser. Over 50 community members stopped by to shred everything from a small bag of papers, up to 30 boxes from one business.  The club made $1880 for a four hour event, and those funds will be going toward the club’s Youth projects. But even more important, the club members got to see and chat with each other and that was priceless to us all. 
Thank you to our sponsors, Bay Federal, BC Pizza & Pub, North Glass and especially Liberty Bank. Liberty Bank in Boulder Creek allowed for the event to happen in their drive thru area, provided a cashbox for us to use, and also provided all the printing of the flyers and the thank you’s that went out to everyone who participated. Thank you to Ginia Klamner, the manager at Boulder Creek Liberty Bank!   
Thank you to Justin, Janet, Erin, Bob, Tracy, Mary, Cameron, Mike, Charlie, Don L., Ken, Karen, Carol, Liz, Cindy & Ron, Judi, Franziska and Ed. Our wonderful SLV Rotary volunteers!  
Today's speaker was Greg Rauch, N6CK, an amateur radio operator here in SLV.  He covered several topics around ham radio including public service, Summits on the Air (combining ham radio with hiking and making contacts from mountain peaks), building and maintaining equipment.  He was joined by Janene Forsyth, N6CKJ who also enjoys the hobby.  We were also joined by Alisan Andrews, current president of the Valley Women's Club.  That organization will  be joining our club as a community organization member; Roger Wapner will be the first representative to the group.
Greg Rauch, N6CK
The speaker at our Zoom meeting this morning was Claudia Llamas-Padilla of the Sexual Assault Response Team in the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department.  Claudia is the Program Coordinator for SART.  There are a couple of her slides reproduced below.  
Claudia Llamas-Padilla
Today's speaker was Brenda Holmes, Executive Director of the Mountain Parks Foundation.  Founded in 1973, Mountain Parks Foundation invests in supporting ongoing educational experiences and programs such as field trips for school children, beautiful and informative park signage, naturalist-guided backpacking trips, native plant gardens and interpreter-led programs.  Brenda's comments mainly focused on the damage to Big Basin State park by the "CZU complex" of August 2020.  97% of the Park was impacted by the fire and the historic visitors' core of the park is leveled and it will be years before it can resume accepting visitors.
Brenda Holmes
Today's speaker was Nancy Macy, Chair of the Valley Women's Club Environmental Committee.  Nancy was a founder of the Valley Women's Club in the '70's, now as chair of the Environmental Committee is active in working to protect the SLV watershed and the educate the public on forestry issues, erosion control, hazardous waste, recycling and other issues.  The group also monitors government policies and procedures.  The main topic today was PG&E's current practice of removing so many healthy trees in the wake of the CZU-complex fire.  Nancy and the groups the Environmental committee is working with maintain that PG&E is not maintaining their infrastructure in a safe manner and improperly removing trees without getting proper permits.  See environmental-issues for more information.
Nancy Macy
The speaker today was UCSC Chancellor Cynthia Larive; we also had as guest Kieran Kelly who is Assistant Director, Government & Community Relations for UCSC.  An accomplished bioanalytical chemist, Larive came to UCSC from UC Riverside where she was serving as provost and executive vice chancellor.  She also has led programs for undergraduate research and curricular innovation.  Larive has also been active in encouraging the participation and success of women and others who have been underrepresented in STEM fields.
Larive touched on the UCSC Long Range Development Plan which is available at this URL: .  She also mentioned that a new economic analysis found that more than 18,000 jobs in the Monterey Bay Area can be linked to UCSC, generating $892 million in labor income.
Cynthia Larive
Kieran Kelly
Just for fun, here are the SLV Rotary Volunteers distributing bags of groceries for seniors in he valley.
Although no one can be certain, I'm told these characters are actually Ed, Lisa, Karen & Cindy.
This is part of Grey Bears' Healthy Food Delivery Program.  

Since 1973 Grey Bears has delivered more than 110 million pounds of food to thousands of Santa Cruz County aging adults and other agencies that serve those in need. This year, Grey Bears will distribute the equivalent of 2 million meals to 4,000 seniors, including 1,100 who are homebound.

Each week volunteer drivers deliver bags of vegetables and fruits to 50 sites throughout the county where participants pick up their bags, and another 55 routes delivered door-to-door. If you would like to volunteer you can visit and there is a link there to do that.

On Tuesday October 13 several members of the SLV Rotary joined in helping unload the cases holding the travelling Smithsonian exhibition of "Water Ways".  SLV Museum President Lisa Robinson and Tim Robinson led the group in getting the heavy cases out of the U-Haul and into the newly repurposed Faye Belardi Gallery in Felton.  For the group photo, I failed to get everyone's name, sorry for that.
Water Ways” explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.  The exhibit will be there until November 29.  
For Thursday reservations or an appointment please call (831) 594-3805.
Faye Belardi Gallery
Linda & Scott Deal 
Lisa & Tim leaning into it!
Janet, Linda, Scott, ? , Donna Zeal, ??, Tim, Lisa, ?
The Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley is prepared to assist victims of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire with monetary contributions from you. 
We are using the District 5170 Foundation to enable donors to make contributions to the fund that will be tax deductible.
If you would like to contribute toward this fund, you can make your check out to:
Rotary District 5170 Foundation
Memo: #3187 SLV Fire Relief Fund
And mail to:
Rotary District 5170 Foundation
2570 N. First St. #200
San Jose, CA 95131
Today's speaker was Past RI Director Brad Howard.  Brad Howard is a second generation Rotarian and a charter member of the Rotary Club of Oakland Sunrise. He has served Rotary in many leadership roles including his term as District Governor in the area of California’s Silicon Valley in 2002-2003. In 2011-14 Brad served as the North American Chair of Rotary International’s Membership Development and Retention Committee and the Zone 26 End Polio Now Coordinator.
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The club membership dues for Q4 of Rotary Year 2020/2021 are due now.  Our club dues are currently $50 for April, May & June 2021.  Invoices have been sent.
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Bebo White
Jun 16, 2021 8:00 AM
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