Meetings for May

Posted on May 12, 2020
All meetings are via Zoom. 
If you need the meeting day and time, use the Calendar above.  If you need the meeting ID and password, use the Contact Us link above and our membership chairman will be in touch.  The meetings for May are:

Meetings for May Ken Macy 2020-05-12 07:00:00Z 0

May is Membership Retention Month

Posted by Mike Holton on Apr 30, 2020
Our club membership chairman, Mike, has received a communication from District Membership chair Hung Wei about this initiative for membership retention.  Mike will say more tonight.
May is Member Retention Month.  Our District is kicking off a Club Phone-A-Thon Fellowship Drive in the month of May – we encourage each Club President to organize a reach out to every member in your Club, with a phone chain, just a courtesy call and be in a listening mode, especially to members who are not attending Club ZOOM meetings or have not participated in any Club online activities during this unusual and challenging  Shelter in Place situation.  Rotary has always supported people in need in our community – now is the time that we extend a supporting hand to our fellow Rotarians.  Shelter in Place can be a lonely and uncertain time for many – a warm “hello” and “how are you doing” can mean a lot to your fellow Rotarians.  Attached please find a Phone-A-Thon poster for you to post on your Club website or via any online communication channels. You can customize your Phone-A-Thon to include a fun ice breaker, a phone tree game, a collation of favorite pastimes at home, or any topic of your choice.  Your Area AG can lead a brainstorming discussion on how to organize a fun and effective Club Phone-A-Thon.  A personal contact by a friendly and motivated fellow Rotarian will contribute positively to Member Retention.
May is Membership Retention Month Mike Holton 2020-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Meetings are Zooming

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Apr 09, 2020
The new normal for our meetings in the time of Covid-19 will be via internet interactive service.  We are starting with Zoom, because it is so simple and easy.  Cam has sent a couple of e-mails to the group introducing Zoom and giving details on joining the meeting set for this evening at 6:15pm.  Details will be emailed prior to each meeting.  His employer Bay Federal is allowing us to utilize their Zoom account for our meeting,
I may be able to post the links, meetings IDs and passwords on the web here, but I'm holding off that as we get started.  Hopefully we'll be able to grow this to include detective, speakers, socials and recordings that could be played back.  Meanwhile, the speakers listed on the right panel are in a bit of limbo.  The speaker coordinator will be working with the President and Board to stabilize!
Dues for April, May, June are due now.  Please click the Paypal button on the left panel, mail a $50 check to our PO Box 294, Felton, 95018 or arrange a bank transfer (contact Ken for details).
Meetings are Zooming Kenneth Macy 2020-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
3/4/2020 Meeting (Casa Nostra) Janet Coit 2020-03-09 07:00:00Z 0

Felton Branch Library Opens

Posted by Ken Macy on Feb 23, 2020
On Thursday, February 20, the Friends of Felton Library hosted an open house for major donors to the project.  The Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley contributed funds to go toward the upper pedestrian bridge over Bull Creek in the adjoining Discovery Park.  Although there is more work to be done on the Park, the bridge is complete and has its plaque dedicating it to Club founder Gil Gunn.  Gil and Marge and pictured here on the Bridge and there are more photos from this open house in the photo album here named Felton Branch Library located on the website page "Club Pages".
Marge and Gil Gunn
Felton Branch Library Opens Ken Macy 2020-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

2/19/2020 Meeting (Casa Nostra)

Posted by Ken Macy on Feb 23, 2020
Our speakers today were from Operation Surf, Laura Miller and Penny Lopez.  Operation Surf channels the healing powers of the ocean to restore hope, renew purpose and revitalize community.  Surfing is a form of healing that promotes wellnes through nature-based therapy.  Each year 20 veterans (mostly disabled) from all over the US participate; 15 world-class instructors teach adaptive surfing, build trust, provide mentorship and share the surfer life-style.
Laura Miller
2/19/2020 Meeting (Casa Nostra) Ken Macy 2020-02-23 08:00:00Z 0

Speech Contest, 2/13/2020 (Scopazzi's)

Posted by Ken Macy on Feb 14, 2020
The Thursday evening meeting was the annual Speech Contest for SLV High School students.  We had seven speakers who did a great job speaking in a room full of strangers.  Jeff Calden, SLV High principal, presided and managed the process.  First place winner was Lukas Hager, Lukas will go on to the Area 7 contest in March.
The contestants
Lukas Hager
Speech Contest, 2/13/2020 (Scopazzi's) Ken Macy 2020-02-14 08:00:00Z 0


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Meeting 1/15/2020 (Casa Nostra)

Today's speakers at breakfast were Santa Cruz County sheriffs Sgt. Jason Dunn and Deputy Adam Roberts.  It was very good to get an update from the Sheriff's department about law enforcement activities in and around the valley.  We spent a few minutes talking with them about the abandoned vehicles problem that seems to be as much trouble as ever.
Sgt Dunn & Deputy Roberts
Meeting 1/15/2020 (Casa Nostra) Ken Macy 2020-01-19 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 1/9/2020 (Scopazzi's)

Bill Rush of the Communidad organization gave an update on their recent activities to the group.  Among various northern Mexican villages, they maintain dental & medical clinics.  They've undertaken sewage projects as well.  The BECA part of the organization provides educational scholarships enabling kids to stay in school.
Bill Rush
Meeting 1/9/2020 (Scopazzi's) Ken Macy 2020-01-12 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 12-18-2019 (Casa Nostra)

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Dec 19, 2019
Today was a Club Assembly combined with Annual Meeting.  Several announcements were made and general business was conducted, minutes will be forthcoming from Secretary Janet.  I will mention two of the topics here.
First, Janet went over the process for the upcoming election of officers.  Use the "Read More" link below to read the details.
Secondly, Ken announced minor changes to dues invoices and collection.  With the addition and changes made to accommodate the evening meetings at Scopazzi's which do not include pre-arranged meals, the Board has agreed to cease the option of including prepaying for breakfast meals at Casa Nostra in the quarterly dues invoices.  Beginning with the January/February/March 2020 dues invoice, it will include just the $50 dues assessment.  Only a few members are still using the breakfast prepayment option, so this shouldn't be a problem.  Also, Ken is looking into an electronic payment scheme through our Clubrunner-based website for members to pay their dues online.  Further, we're proposing to support in-meeting payments to the club via credit card, probably using "Square"; dues could also be remitted this way.
The meeting continued with the Red/Blue Badge autobiography talk from Burgundi Thure.  Burgundi has lived in the SLV for 31 years, her two children went through the SLV school system and she operates the Sew Rose business in Ben Lomond (sewing is one of her life-long interests & hobbies).
Judi Sherman and her daughter Rachel Bickert regaled the group with stories of  Hanukkah, the legends & histories surrounding the holiday.  Along with some family stories of Hanukkah celebrations of the past.
Judi                                                     Rachel
Meeting 12-18-2019 (Casa Nostra) Kenneth Macy 2019-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 12/11/2019 (Casa Nostra)

Posted by Ken Macy on Dec 16, 2019
Our speaker today was Coco Raner-Walter promoting the  upcoming Civics Summit.  This year it will be held January 24 at the main auditorium at Cabrillo College.  This is a chance for students to get familiar with "down-ballot" candidates in the election.  Last year they had 455 students attend.
Also, Saturday 12/14 was the Club's Kids Holiday Shop event at K-Mart in Scotts Valley.  Scott took a few pictures, be sure to take a look at the Kids Holiday Shop photo album; the link to it is on the Club Pages Link top-left of the home page
Coco Raner-Walter.
Meeting 12/11/2019 (Casa Nostra) Ken Macy 2019-12-16 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 12/4/2019 (Casa Nostra)

Posted by Ken Macy on Dec 09, 2019
Today the speaker was Jay Topping of the Scotts Valley Historical Society.  He displayed interesting vintage photos of Santa's Village.
Jay Topping
Meeting 12/4/2019 (Casa Nostra) Ken Macy 2019-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

SLV Chamber of Commerce Awards

Posted by Ken Macy on Dec 09, 2019
Sunday evening at Scopazzi's, the SLV Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet.  The restaurant was filled to capacity!  The organization recognized the SLV Rotary Club as "Community Organization of the Year" with certificates from Mark Stone, Bill Monning and Bruce McPherson.  Steve Edmonds and Beth Hollenbeck presided.
The awardees:
Les Gardner - Man of the Year
Linda Skeff - Woman of the Year
Rob Lahey - Educator of the Year
Mount Hermon Adventures - Business of the Year
SLV Rotary Club - Community Organization of the Year
The a capella group Gold Standard Quartet provided a pleasant musical interlude for the attendees.  Our past-president and current Area 7 AG, Karen McNamara accepted the certificates for the club.  SLV USD Superintendent Laurie Bruton along with SLV USD Board member George Wylie presented the Educator Award to teacher Rob Lahey.  Beth also recognized several past Men & Women of the Year: Bud Tomlinson, Nancy Macy, Nick Pagnini, Annette Marcum, Robin Musitelli.
Rachel Bickert, Bryan Chambers, Bruce McPherson, Karen McNamara, Mark Stone
George Wylie & Laurie Bruton
SLV Chamber of Commerce Awards Ken Macy 2019-12-09 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 11/20/2019 (Casa Nostra)

Posted by Ken Macy on Nov 20, 2019
Today's speaker was Jon Winston, the Chair of the Grants Sub-Committee of the District Rotary Foundation Committee.  The grants process has undergone some modification and is now more flexible in how DDF funds may be used, even though it's complicated.  Jon and his staff are ready and willing to help clubs in the District through the various phases.
Jon Winston
Past-president Linda Fawcett accepted the Presidential Citation award given to the club for our accomplishments during her year as president, 2018 - 2019.
Linda with acting-president Mike Holton
Meeting 11/20/2019 (Casa Nostra) Ken Macy 2019-11-20 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 11/13/2019 (Casa Nostra)

Posted by Ken Macy on Nov 14, 2019
We learned this week that the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce has named the Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley as the "San Lorenzo Valley Community Service Organization of the Year for 2019".  There will be an awards banquet at Scopazzi's on December 8!
Today's speaker was Dean Kaufman of the Santa Cruz County office of Veterans Services, which in turn is part of the Human Services Department.  He was joined by Kim Monack of the Vets 4 Vets group introducing their Warm Embrace Operation.  It was a good overview of the Veterans Services office and we plan to invite them back next year.
Dean Kaufman                                                          Kim Monack
Meeting 11/13/2019 (Casa Nostra) Ken Macy 2019-11-14 08:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Foundation

Posted by Ken Macy on Nov 02, 2019
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!

The Rotary Foundation Ken Macy 2019-11-02 07:00:00Z 0

Bulletin Meeting Information

Posted by Ken Macy
Service Above Self
We meet First & Third Wednesdays at 7:15AM
Ristorante Casa Nostra
9217 Highway 9
Ben Lomond,  CA  95005
We meet Second & Fourth Thursdays at 6:15 PM
Scopazzi's Restaurant
13300 Big Basin Way
Boulder Creek,  CA  95006
Bulletin Meeting Information Ken Macy 2019-10-25 07:00:00Z 0

Meetings 10/16, 10/23 & 10/24/2019

Posted by Ken Macy on Oct 25, 2019
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
Meetings 10/16, 10/23 & 10/24/2019 Ken Macy 2019-10-25 07:00:00Z 0

Gil Gunn Birthday Party

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Sep 26, 2019
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
Gil Gunn Birthday Party Kenneth Macy 2019-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 9/18/2019 (Casa Nostra)

Posted by Ken Macy on Sep 20, 2019
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
Meeting 9/18/2019 (Casa Nostra) Ken Macy 2019-09-20 07:00:00Z 0

Meetings 9/11 & 9/12/2019

Posted on Sep 16, 2019
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
Meetings 9/11 &amp; 9/12/2019 2019-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 8/28/2019 (Casa Nostra)

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Aug 28, 2019
The speaker today was past-president Jeanne Kegebein, CEO of the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation.    The Fairgrounds are home to two non-profit organizations: The Foundation and the Ag History Project which is headed by husband John Kegebein.  There are about 350 separate events held there each year.  There is no money from the state to help support the Fairgrounds, hence the need for the Foundation to raise funds for it; since 2002, about $2.5 million has been provided by the Foundation for the Fair.  Some of the improvements by the Foundation have been outdoor lighting, new benches, various renovations of buildings and water storage tanks.
Jeanne Kegebein
Meeting 8/28/2019 (Casa Nostra) Kenneth Macy 2019-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

Teachers Breakfast 8/12/2019

Posted by Ken Macy on Aug 12, 2019
Today was the club's annual New Teachers Breakfast.  We recognized the school administrators of the SLV USD as they introduced the new teachers for the upcoming year.  The new Middle School principal, Terry Redfern, noticed the Rotary banner with the Four-Way test and was quite impressed, saying that these were excellent values for his middle schoolers to learn and practice.  Our president Bob Frobish said a few words in praise of the school district and then Superintendent Laurie Bruton introduced each principal with new teachers this year: Terry Redfern, SLV Middle School; Jeff Calden, SLV High School; Rhonda Schlosser, SLV Charter; Denise Fosburgh, Boulder Creek Elementary; and Jan Lahey, SLV Elementary.
This event is the favorite of member Sue Seeger, she is the key person in putting this together. 
Laurie gave me 8 more photos of the teachers and Rotarians at the breakfast.  All the pictures are collected into a photo album on the Club Pages Site Page;  find the link in the second box on the left of this Home Page.
 Laurie Bruton    Terry Redfern
 Jeff Calden  Denise Fosburgh
 Jan Lahey
 Area 7 AG Karen McNamara introducing Sue Seeger
Teachers Breakfast 8/12/2019 Ken Macy 2019-08-12 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 8/8/2019 (Scopazzi's)

Posted by Ken Macy on Aug 10, 2019
Arnold Leff, MD was the speaker at the evening meeting at Scopazzi's.  Dr Leff spoke on Substance Use Disorder. He is recently retired as Santa Cruz County Health Director and Environmental Health Director.
Dr Arnold Leff
Meeting 8/8/2019 (Scopazzi's) Ken Macy 2019-08-10 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Work Day at Park Hall

Steve Edmonds, a member of the Park Hall Board of Trustees, distributed a detailed task list for the Park Hall Work Day, 8/10/2019, please check your e-mail for this document describing the scope of work this Saturday.
Here is the group of the club who spent a few hours Saturday sprucing up Park Hall.  There was sanding, painting, sweeping, cleaning and re-organizing.
Look for more pictures in the photo album "Park Hall Cleanup August 2019" on the Club Pages sub-page; link at the upper left here on the home page.
Volunteer Work Day at Park Hall Kenneth Macy 2019-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 7/31/2019 (Casa Nostra)

This morning's speaker was Sheila DeLany, president of the Valley Women's Club. The Valley Women’s Club is dedicated to community action, awareness and leadership in environmental, educational, social, and political concerns that affect the health and welfare of the San Lorenzo Valley and our community.  Sheila has been a business owner in Boulder Creek (Blind Pilot) for 40 years and active participant of many environmental initiatives and organizations over the years.
Sheila at the Blind Pilot shortly before retirement
Sheila DeLany
Meeting 7/31/2019 (Casa Nostra) Kenneth Macy 2019-08-05 07:00:00Z 0

Meetings 7/10 & 7/11

At each of the breakfast and evening meetings this week, Bob Frobish was sworn in as the club's 36th president.  Past president and Past District Governor Ron Sekkel did the honors.
Ron and Bob in the morning
New Board member Teresa Bice with Ron and Bob in the evening
Meetings 7/10 & 7/11 Kenneth Macy 2019-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 7/24/2019 (Casa Nostra)

Today's speakers were Christine Horvath and Mary Ann Lobalbo from the Santa Cruz Public Works Department.  They went over the upcoming major rules revisions for plastic and other single-use containers in Santa Cruz County and recycling overall.
Christine and Mary Ann
Meeting 7/24/2019 (Casa Nostra) Kenneth Macy 2019-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 7/17/2019 (Casa Nostra)

Gine Johnson was our speaker today on the Homeless situation in Santa Cruz County.  Joe Griffin presented this year's Griffin/Fawcett scholarship award to Katie Lamb.
Gine Johnson
Katie & Joe
Meeting 7/17/2019 (Casa Nostra) Kenneth Macy 2019-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 6/26/2019 (Casa Nostra)

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Jun 27, 2019
Scott Deal related some of his meetings at this month's Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany.  He brought the banner of the Hamburg Rotary Club to add to our collection.
Hamburg Club Banner
Today's speaker was Rick Flores of the UCSC Arboretum.  He is working with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, helping them to relearn land stewardship that was abandoned generations ago during the Spanish occupation of California in the 18th century.  Ecology, timing for planting, hunting and firing are some of the key topics.  Rick introduced the group  to the term "coppicing" the process of cutting vegetation to the ground and allowing resprouting.
Rick Flores
Meeting 6/26/2019 (Casa Nostra) Kenneth Macy 2019-06-27 07:00:00Z 0

Thursday July 11 Meeting Announcement

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Jun 25, 2019
The next of the evening series of meetings of the Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley is set for 6:15pm July 11 at Scopazzi's restaurant in Boulder Creek.  
Be sure to check the Club Calendar at the link at the top of the website home page for the meeting and event schedule.

Meeting Duties for July
Four Way Test: Duane
Greeter: Steve
Thought:  Liz
Detective:  Rachel
Raffle:  Teresa

Thursday July 11 Meeting Announcement Kenneth Macy 2019-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting 6/12/2019 (Casa Nostra) Julie Haff 2019-06-25 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 6/5/2019 (Casa Nostra)

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Jun 09, 2019
Today our speaker was Jenn Hooker, Santa Cruz Library.  Jenn is based at the Scotts Valley branch where she assists in patrons' use of the 3-D printer they have.  This is about a $1,000 equipment and is available for public use.
Jenn Hooker demonstrates the 3-D printer
Meeting 6/5/2019 (Casa Nostra) Kenneth Macy 2019-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 5/22/2019 & 5/23/2019

Posted by Kenneth Macy on May 25, 2019
The speakers this morning from the "Derby Girls" Roller Derby team entertained the group with stories of their time on the Roller Derby Tour.  There was Sharon D. Pain (Eileen Hill),  Mad For Gravy, and Bunny FuFu.  The "Read More" link below has more information about this morning meeting.
Bunny FuFu
Sharon D. Pain & Mad For Gravy

Thursday evening the group had brief introductions from our two RYLA campers for this year.  Ralph made the introductions.
Brianna Wright
Katherine McCormick
Meeting 5/22/2019 & 5/23/2019 Kenneth Macy 2019-05-25 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 5/15/2019

Posted by Kenneth Macy on May 15, 2019
Today's speaker was Rosemary Menard, returned from last January for all the questions we had.  President Linda reminded the group about Fred McPherson's memorial June 23, 12noon, Henry Cowell picnic area.
Rosemary Menard
Meeting 5/15/2019 Kenneth Macy 2019-05-15 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 5/8/2019

Posted by Julie Haff on May 09, 2019
Today was the Club Assembly meeting for April. 
Member Laurie Bruton brought the student-designed banner that will be used at the District Conference to represent our club.  
Laurie Bruton and Linda Fawcett display our new banner
Meeting 5/8/2019 Julie Haff 2019-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 5/2/2019

Posted by Kenneth Macy on May 03, 2019
New Members!
Here they are, the talented and lovely new members of the SLV Rotary Club.  Inducted by District Governor Tim Lundell.
Justin Acton, Duane & Teresa Bice, Rachel Bickert, Elizabeth North, Steve Edmonds
Karen McNamara, Elizabeth North, DG Tim Lundell
Meeting 5/2/2019 Kenneth Macy 2019-05-03 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 5/1/2019

Posted by Kenneth Macy on May 02, 2019
Today's speaker was Sam Bishop, member of the Rotary Club of Santa Cruz.  He showed beautiful slides of the fishing trip he took into the South American country of Guyana.  He used just a fly rod to catch and release some giant river fish, some over 100 pounds.  Most of the fish he caught had lots of large and sharp teeth.
Sam Bishop
A few of the announcements today:
  • Member Cindy Sekkel is looking for more volunteers to help with Rotacare.
  • Linda reminded the group that the Felton Remembers parade is this month on the 25th.
  • Linda and Karen also reminded the club of the District Conference this month, the 17th, 18th and 19th.
  • And Ken is looking for a couple more volunteers to work Redwood Mountain Faire Internal Traffic Control.
Meeting 5/1/2019 Kenneth Macy 2019-05-02 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary District 5170 Annual Conference

Posted by Karen McNamara on May 02, 2019
Please plan to attend the District Conference May 17 through May 19.  There are lots of options and events available, you will find them here at the 5170 Web Page:  The special keynote speaker is Astronaut Scott Kelley at the Conference Banquet Saturday Night.  This is an excellent opportunity for all our new "Red Badge" members to check-the-box for attending a District 5170 event.
Rotary District 5170 Annual Conference Karen McNamara 2019-05-02 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 4/17/2019

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Apr 19, 2019
Today Judi Sherman presented a brief autobiographical sketch as part of her earning the Club Blue Badge.  Our guest speaker was Patizia Materassi presenting the latest update on the crisis of plastics pollution in the planet's oceans.  It's a huge problem, very detrimental to the environment and a direct threat to wildlife in the oceans.  Patrizia is a member of the Scotts Valley Rotary.
Patrizia Materassi
Meeting 4/17/2019 Kenneth Macy 2019-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 4/10/2019

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Apr 10, 2019
Today was club assembly and among the topics were the upcoming Lacy J Dalton fundraiser, End Polio Now campaign, Redwood Mountain Faire.
Meeting 4/10/2019 Kenneth Macy 2019-04-10 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 4/3/2019

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Apr 07, 2019
Rotarian Sue McKinney was our speaker today, introduced by member Cindy Sekkel.  Sue spoke about her Rotary-related activities in Viet Nam.  There is no official Rotary presence there, but she and others have been able to carry on Rotary linked projects by partnering with established local charities.  She discussed human trafficking in the world today and the group she works with provides scholarships for Vietnamese girls.  She brought with her one of the indestructible soccer balls that her group provides to kids in Viet Nam; it seems that regular inflatable balls have a very limited life span.
Sue McKinney
Meeting 4/3/2019 Kenneth Macy 2019-04-07 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 3/27/2019

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Mar 28, 2019
The speakers today were Janet Gluch and Jim Zenner from the Rotary Water Warriors.  The group has recently undertaken water purification projects in India, in the area called Shamshabad-Agra.  They use solar powered filtration machines (Sun Spring) that produce pure water from the contaminated water available.  The cost comes to about one-tenth cent per liter which is a tiny fraction of the price that Nestle extracts from the Indians for bottled water.  Jim explained that they have tried and failed to get communities in the US with poor quality water to use this equipment, describing blocks due to bureaucracy and entrenched retail bottled water suppliers.
Janet also participated in polio immunization clinics on the recent trip.
Our club is supporting their efforts with our DDF.
Janet                                                          Jim
Meeting 3/27/2019 Kenneth Macy 2019-03-28 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 3/20/2019

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Mar 25, 2019
Ken updated the group on the End Polio Flash campaign and presented another of the 2 minute Rotary videos.  Ron Sekkel spent a few minutes in support of the Flash Campaign recounting some personal experiences he has had with friends and acquaintances over the years with polio.  We are asking that each member contribute $50 to the campaign.
Ron Sekkel
The speakers today were Laurie Bruton and Chris Schiermeyer of the SLV Unified School District.  They reviewed the proposal for converting the Redwood Elementart School campus to SLV USD teacher housing.  All over the county and most coastal counties of California retaining teachers is an issue with the high cost of housing.  This should contribute to helping with that problem.
Chris Schiermeyer                                  Laurie Bruton
Meeting 3/20/2019 Kenneth Macy 2019-03-25 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 3/13/2019

Posted by Julie Haff on Mar 15, 2019
Today was club assembly, several topics were discussed, see the "Read More" link below.
One of the announcements from Linda was that our member Assistant Governor Karen McNamara had received the District 5170 Karl Stucki award at the PETS conference over the weekend.  This is named for the PDG Karl Stucki and is awarded each year to the Rotarian in the District who "best exemplifies Rotary ideals".
Karen McNamara
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Meeting 3/6/2019

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Mar 11, 2019
Jim Coffis of the GreenTrade Santa Cruz coalition spoke to the group today.  GreenTrade is a coalition of local cannabis related businesses and organizations. Santa Cruz is home to hundreds of small and medium sized cannabis growers and businesses who, for years, have been the innovators in the industry and significant contributors to the economy. Working together, we will elevate and amplify the conversation around the social, therapeutic and economic benefits of cannabis in our community and raise awareness of the unique and unduplicated quality of the Santa Cruz “brand”.
Jim Coffis
There was a board meeting of the club following the regular meeting.  Members are invited to look over the minutes of the meeting: log into the Member Area and under the Admin tab click the link to View Club Documents.  All of our recent Board meeting minutes are there.

This afternoon the Area 7 Rotary Clubs held their speech contest in the second tier toward the national contest.  This photo has the contestants, Karen McNamara, Area 7 AG, Dr Laurie Bruton SLVUSD Supervisor and a Rotary District official working on the District 5170 roll-up of these high school competitions.  He is attending all these second tier contests, but your correspondent forgot to jot his name for you!
Contest First Place is Terry Cole in the center
Meeting 3/6/2019 Kenneth Macy 2019-03-11 07:00:00Z 0

End Polio Now Flash March/April

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Mar 03, 2019
The fight is not over and your help is needed now. District 5170 is conducting a
"Flash Campaign" (60 days) which started March 1 and will run until April 30.
Every Rotarian in our district is being asked to "join the team" and contribute a
one-time $50.00 donation to The Rotary Foundation, in support of the End Polio
Now campaign. Your $50.00 donation will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation thus bringing your contribution to $150. 
This 2 for 1 match is scheduled to end at the end of April.

Your HELP is needed today...
The Children of the World are counting
on you!
End Polio Now Flash March/April Kenneth Macy 2019-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 2/28/2019

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Mar 03, 2019
This was our first and experimental evening meeting.  The purpose is to attract some potential club members who for various reasons cannot come to our weekly breakfast meetings.  Several of the officers and committee chairpersons spoke this evening.
Bob Frobish                                                              Janet Coit
          Karen McNamara
President Linda Fawcett                 Mike Holton (membership)
Meeting 2/28/2019 Kenneth Macy 2019-03-03 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 2/27/2019

Posted by Janet Coit on Feb 28, 2019
Today's speaker was Tom Helman with a presentation on his observations of modern-day West Bank peoples and villages.  He went as part of the group Rebuilding Alliance from San Mateo county.
Tom Helman
Meeting 2/27/2019 Janet Coit 2019-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 2/20/2019

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Feb 26, 2019
Today's speaker was Tina Davey.  Tina is the general manager of the radio station KBCZ, the non-commercial, educational, 100 watt radio service of the Boulder Creek Recreation and Parks Department.  This community radio station is at 90.1 FM, but currently heard on the air in the SLV only between Boulder Creek and Ben Lomond; they are working toward re-locating the antenna and transmitter at a site that will extend the signal all the way down the valley into Felton.  The station can be heard anywhere in the world via the internet at  Among several other radio services on the net where you can find KBCZ, Tina mentioned Radio Garden which lets one browse world-wide radio stations via and interface that looks like Google Earth.
Tina Davey
Meeting 2/20/2019 Kenneth Macy 2019-02-26 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 2/13/2017

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Feb 13, 2019
Today was the annual club speech contest.  There were 5 contestants and three cash prize winners: Malakai Lawton, Paris Shewfelt and Skylar Berggren.
Speech contest participants
Meeting 2/13/2017 Kenneth Macy 2019-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 2/6/2019

Posted by Janet Coit on Feb 09, 2019
Member Ralph Miljanich was our presenter today.  He made a trip to Thailand recently, connected with two Rotary Clubs and showed us lots of pictures of the visit.
Ralph Miljanich
Chiang Mai and Lanna Chiang Mai Rotary Club banners
Meeting 2/6/2019 Janet Coit 2019-02-09 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 1/30/2019 

Posted by Karen McNamara on Feb 03, 2019
Today's speaker was Rosemary Menard of the Santa Cruz Water Department.  Part of her comments were on the current issue of modifying Santa Cruz City's water rights in connection with the San Lorenzo Valley.
Rosemary Menard
Meeting 1/30/2019  Karen McNamara 2019-02-03 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 1/23/2019

Posted by Julie Haff on Jan 24, 2019
Today, it was member Ed Titus showing us pictures of his various trips to Burning Man.
Ed Titus
Meeting 1/23/2019 Julie Haff 2019-01-24 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 1/16/2019

Posted by Julie Haff on Jan 19, 2019
Today's speaker was Dorothy Wise, president of the Santa Cruz Symphony.
Dorothy Wise
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Meeting 12/12/2018

Posted by Janet Coit on Dec 16, 2018
Today was club assembly for December.  Lots of topics and announcements, including partnering with Scotts Valley Rotary for the proposed Lacy J. Dalton show in April.
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Meeting 12/5/2018 Janet Coit 2018-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 11/28/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Nov 28, 2018
Today we installed new member Judy Sherman, sworn in by Mike Holton and attested to by Mary and Linda.  The speaker was the Director of Development of the CASA program of Santa Cruz Lyndsey Marks.
Linda Fawcett, Judi Sherman, Mary Hammer
Lyndsey Marks
Meeting 11/28/2018 Julie Haff 2018-11-28 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting 11/14/2018 Julie Haff 2018-11-28 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 10/31/2018

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Nov 12, 2018
Today's speaker was Visiting Rotarian Dave Wilson, presenting his experience in the Rotary Group Study Exchange, and his involvement in curbing Global terrorism.
Dave Wilson
Meeting 10/31/2018 Kenneth Macy 2018-11-12 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 11/7/2018

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Nov 12, 2018
Today's speakers were Fred and Roberta McPherson.  They presented their new video on the Turkey Foot confluence of the San Lorenzo River, Bear Creek and Boulder Creek.  Fred also met later in the day with the Henry Cowell docents delivering a lecture on that topic.  
I am sad to report that Fred died Thursday morning in his home.  He had been so filled with passion and joy and concern during the recent Water Board Election, and when sharing their new video with our club on Wednesday, and remaining connected with people in every way.... friend, educator, mentor, father, grandfather. He loved this Valley and worked hard to protect and preserve it. He was an amazing photographer and videographer. He and Roberta produced some wonderful videos about our watershed. I will try to keep the club informed about plans regarding honoring him. Roberta has loving family and dear friends supporting her and is doing OK for now. Look around you and share your love and work for peace...Fred would like that.
Fred McPherson
Meeting 11/7/2018 Kenneth Macy 2018-11-12 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 10/24/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Oct 26, 2018
Today we had our own Bob Frobish narrate a few of the pictures he and Cindy made on their recent Rhine River cruise.  He also included a couple of photos of long-time member Carol Miller who was being honored later that day by the Community Volunteer Center for her wonderful volunteerism with Mountain Parks Foundation, Felton Community Center and others.  The group recognized Carol for her tireless efforts.
Bob Frobish
Carol Miller
Meeting 10/24/2018 Julie Haff 2018-10-26 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 10/17/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Oct 17, 2018
Today's speaker was Lisa Robinson, President of the SLV Museum.  She went over the planning that is taking place for the use of the Faye Belardi Memorial building in Felton by the Museum after the Library is re-established in its new building next year,
Lisa Robinson
Meeting 10/17/2018 Julie Haff 2018-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 10/3/2018

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Oct 03, 2018
Today Nancy Gerdt and Michelle Mosher gave us a thorough update on the new Felton Library and Discovery Park.  They announced that construction machinery was on the site and at work!  They expect completion/opening in early 2020.
Nancy Gerdt
Michelle Mosher
Meeting 10/3/2018 Kenneth Macy 2018-10-03 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 9/26/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Sep 26, 2018
Today's speaker and special guest is District 5170 Governor for 2018/2019, Tim Lundell.
Tim Lundell
Meeting 9/26/2018 Julie Haff 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 9/19/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Sep 26, 2018
Speaker today was Carmel Jud, Founder and Executive Director of Rising International.
Carmel Jud
Meeting 9/19/2018 Julie Haff 2018-09-26 07:00:00Z 0

Community Project at Quail Hollow Park

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Sep 17, 2018
On Sunday, 9/16/2018, the Club got together to clean, sand and seal-coat the large picnic tables at Quail Hollow County park.  Cindy arranged for the group picture.  Charlie got there just in time to put a coat of sealer on a table _and_ for the photo!

Community Project at Quail Hollow Park Kenneth Macy 2018-09-17 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 9/12/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Sep 15, 2018
Our speaker today was 5th District County Supervisor Bruce McPherson.  Updates on lots of topics.
Bruce McPherson

Meeting 9/12/2018 Julie Haff 2018-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 9/5/2018

Posted by Charles Johnson on Sep 15, 2018
Today's speaker was Don Boys of the invention Convention.
Don Boys

Meeting 9/5/2018 Charles Johnson 2018-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

Felton Library Groundbreaking

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Sep 14, 2018
Although not specifically a Rotary Club Event, this is something a lot of our members have been working on along with others in the community.  Nancy Gerdt and Michelle Mosher will be speakers at the October 3 meeting.
The celebratory groundbreaking for the new Felton Branch Library is Friday, September 21, at 4 pm on the new library site next to the Post Office on Gushee Street.  The brief ceremony will be followed by  refreshments, music, and mingling.
Felton Library Friends is deeply grateful to you and to all who have supported and continue to support the library/park project.
Please plan now to join your friends and neighbors in celebration of this wonderful new community resource. We hope to see you there!
Let's Celebrate!
Nancy Gerdt

Felton Library Groundbreaking Kenneth Macy 2018-09-14 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 8/29/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Aug 29, 2018
Christina Krem was the speaker today, Director of Camp Krem, a camp for all sorts of disabled people of all ages.  Her father was our guest today from Downtown Auckland, NZ Rotary.
Christina Krem
Meeting 8/29/2018 Julie Haff 2018-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 8/22/2018

Posted by Janet Coit on Aug 26, 2018
Today's speaker was Ray Gorski of the Scotts Valley Theater Guild.
Ray Gorski
Meeting 8/22/2018 Janet Coit 2018-08-26 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting 8/8/2018 Julie Haff 2018-08-08 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 8/1/18

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Aug 01, 2018
Our speaker today was Kristin Praly, Horse Sense, working with youth.
Kristin Praly
Meeting 8/1/18 Kenneth Macy 2018-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 7/25/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Jul 29, 2018
Bob Frobish and Cindy Sekkel were awarded Blue badges today.  Ed Titus gave us his biographical talk toward earning the Blue badge.  Finally, our four-year scholarship student Katie Lamb received her 2nd award of the $1,000 per year Fawcett/Griffin scholarship.  Joe Griffin did the honors.  Linda and Joe established this scholarship to honor their parents.
Ed Titus
Katie Lamb
Meeting 7/25/2018 Julie Haff 2018-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 7/18/2018

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Jul 19, 2018
Today's meeting was very busy.  Our RYLA campers Kaylo Koenig and Julia Potzinger were introduced by member Ralph and they talked a bit about their experience at the camp.
Kaylo, Julia and Ralph
Nancy Macy of the Redwood Mountain Faire presented President Linda with the proceeds of being one of the top Grant Groups providing volunteers at the Faire.  Overall parking management was added this year on top of the Internal Traffic Control that we have provided over the past few years and this yielded a huge boost to our fund raising for the year.
President Linda with Nancy
Our speaker was Claire Campbell who operates the Ishara House organization in Congo, a safe-house for women and children there.  She owns and operates a store in Felton selling crafts produced by the people who use Ishara in Congo.
Claire Campbell
Meeting 7/18/2018 Kenneth Macy 2018-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 6/27/2018

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Jul 03, 2018
Today we hosted Jeff Gaffney, Director of Santa Cruz County Parks.
Jeff Gaffney
Meeting 6/27/2018 Kenneth Macy 2018-07-03 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 6/20/2018

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Jun 20, 2018
Today Lauren Donnelly-Crocker addressed the Club about the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.  Lauren is the Development Director there.
Lauren Donnelly-Crocker
Meeting 6/20/2018 Kenneth Macy 2018-06-20 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 6/13/2018

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Jun 19, 2018
Today was Club Assembly.  Several topics were discussed in addition to putting on a small baby shower for member Jessica.  Bob Frobish regaled the club with pictures of his recent train trip with wife Cindy.
Meeting 6/13/2018 Kenneth Macy 2018-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 6/6/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Jun 06, 2018
Today our speaker was Kevin McClish, Chief of the Boulder Creek fire Department.
Kevin McClish
Meeting 6/6/2018 Julie Haff 2018-06-06 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 5/23/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on May 23, 2018
Our speaker today was Roxanne Moore of the Mountain Community Resources organization.
Roxanne Moore
Meeting 5/23/2018 Julie Haff 2018-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting 5/9/2018 Julie Haff 2018-05-11 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 5/2/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on May 06, 2018
The meeting began with member Ralph Miljanich introducing the two RYLA campers from SLV HS for this year: Kaylo Zubey and Julia Poetzinger.
Ralph with Kaylo Zubey and Julia Poetzinger
Our guest speaker today was Dylan Skybrook, manager of Santa Cruz Stewardship Network.
Dylan Skybrook
Meeting 5/2/2018 Julie Haff 2018-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 4/25/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Apr 30, 2018
Our speaker today was Jessica Locatelli, presenting her Red Badge autobiographical talk.
Meeting 4/25/2018 Julie Haff 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Redwood Mountain Faire 2018 

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Apr 30, 2018
The Redwood Mountain Faire is coming SOON!  Dance the day away to live music with your friends and family while enjoying tasty locally made food, cold beer, cider, and wine in an open field surrounded by redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Join us for a weekend-long music festival and arts & crafts fair that benefits local service organizations, including SLV Rotary and celebrates community.  Everyone who attended the 2017 Faire helped to raise $47,000 for local non-profits and service organizations. Since the Faire's return in 2010, we have raised over $285,000 total.  
Please be sure to sign up for a volunteer slot for the Internal Traffic Control (what we're been doing for several years) or the new one this year - Parking Coordination.
Redwood Mountain Faire 2018  Kenneth Macy 2018-04-30 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 4/18/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Apr 18, 2018
Today's speaker was Carlos Palacios, Santa Cruz County Chief Administrative Officer.  Fifth District Supervisor Bruce McPherson was here to introduce Mr Palacios.
Bruce McPherson
Carlos Palacios
The Group
Meeting 4/18/2018 Julie Haff 2018-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting 4/11/2018 Julie Haff 2018-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 4/4/2018

Posted by Janet Coit on Apr 05, 2018
Today we had Dave Kuty as our guest speaker.  He is a long-time docent at Henry Cowell State Park.  He didn't talk about our redwood state parks in the area, but a recent trip to France where he and his wife paid a visit to the impressionist artist Claude Monet's garden.  The French government has preserved Monet's residence and garden as a museum.
Dave Kuty
Monet's Lilies
Meeting 4/4/2018 Janet Coit 2018-04-05 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 3/28/2018

Posted by Janet Coit on Mar 30, 2018
Today's speaker was Libby Leyden, editor of the Press Banner.
Libby Leyden
Meeting 3/28/2018 Janet Coit 2018-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 3/21/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Mar 27, 2018
Today the speaker was member Bob Frobish giving us his Red Badge autobiography, he pitched-in in place of the missing-in-action scheduled speaker, thanks Bob!
The minutes of the March 2018 Board meeting is posted in the under the View Club Documents link in the Member Area of this web site.
Bob Frobish
Meeting 3/21/2018 Julie Haff 2018-03-27 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 3/7/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Mar 09, 2018
There were lots of visitors today, including two officers from the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office - Jordan Brownlee and Adam Roberts.  Since our scheduled speaker had an unexpected emergency arise and couldn't make it, we prevailed on the Officers to give an update on policing the county these days.
Adam Roberts
Jordan Brownlee
Meeting 3/7/2018 Julie Haff 2018-03-09 08:00:00Z 0

Speech Contest - Area 7

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Mar 05, 2018
The annual Rotary Area 7 Speech Contest is this week, March 6, 3:30 - 5:30.  The venue is the Performing Arts Center at the San Lorenzo Valley High School in Felton. 
Here are the participants in the speech contest:
Speech Contest - Area 7 Kenneth Macy 2018-03-05 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 2/28/2018

Posted on Feb 28, 2018
Our speaker today was Dan Lazarus of Quail Hollow Park.  Dan is a very knowledgeable Park interpreter and environmental educator.
Dan Lazarus
Meeting 2/28/2018 Julie Haff 2018-02-28 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 2/21/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Feb 21, 2018
Multiple guests were in attendance today, including County Supervisor Bruce McPherson who introduced the speaker George Dondero, Executive Director of the Regional Transportation Commission.  George and his assistant Brianna gave an overview of Measure D and Senate Bill 1, both of which directly impact the improved situation of the roads in the county and especially the SLV.
Bruce McPherson
George Dondero
Meeting 2/21/2018 Julie Haff 2018-02-21 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 2/14/2018

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Feb 17, 2018
Today we held our meeting in the Multi-Purpose room at the SLV High School.  The occasion was our annual Speech Contest.  There were 7 excellent presenters competing for the top 3 monetary awards.  Here are some photos of the students.  The follow-up Area 7 Contest will be held also at the High school, in the Performing Arts Center, March 6.
Meeting 2/14/2018 Kenneth Macy 2018-02-17 08:00:00Z 0

Valley Churches United Clean Up

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Feb 13, 2018
On Saturday February 10, a core group of the club spent about 4 hours assisting Valley Churches United in a general clean up and organizing.  Karen was there admiring how clean the storm drain out front now looks.
There are more pictures on the web site page "Club Pages" under the Photo Album category.
Valley Churches United Clean Up Kenneth Macy 2018-02-13 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 2/7/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Feb 09, 2018
Today we were able to present Bill Rush with a contribution for the Comunidad organization.  Our speaker was Michael Tierra highlighting his acupuncture practice in Santa Cruz.
Bill Rush
Michael Tierra
Meeting 2/7/2018 Julie Haff 2018-02-09 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 1/31/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Feb 01, 2018
Today's speaker was Rachel Bickert from State Senator Bill Monning's office.
Rachel Bickert
Meeting 1/31/2018 Julie Haff 2018-02-01 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 1/24/2018

Posted by Julie Haff on Jan 29, 2018
Today's speakers were Kate Teague and Joy Anderson, California Youth Connection.
Kate Teague
Joy Anderson
Meeting 1/24/2018 Julie Haff 2018-01-29 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting 1/17/2017 Julie Haff 2018-01-17 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting 1/10/2018 Julie Haff 2018-01-13 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 1/3/2018

Posted by Janet Coit on Jan 03, 2018
Today's speaker was Lauren Lozier.  Lauren is a very active member of the SLV High School Interact Club and her family is hosting an exchange student from Spain.  Lauren was able to take advantage of an opportunity to visit Spain last year and she related that experience today.
Lauren Lozier
Meeting 1/3/2018 Janet Coit 2018-01-03 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 12/13/2017

Posted by Janet Coit on Dec 19, 2017
Today was December Club Assembly.  Main topics were Homeless Service Center project and the Redwood Mountain Faire.
Meeting 12/13/2017 Janet Coit 2017-12-19 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 12/6/2017

Posted by Janet Coit on Dec 08, 2017
Today Scott Webb gave his blue badge talk.  His background includes numerous stints in managing group camps around California.  He is currently CEO of Easterseals which owns and operates Camp Harmon here in Boulder Creek.  He and his wife Tammie have a blended family with 8 children and they live at Camp Harmon.  In the early days of the SLV Rotary Club Scott had been President-elect before a job opportunity required a move to southern California.
Scott Webb
Meeting 12/6/2017 Janet Coit 2017-12-08 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 11/29/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Dec 02, 2017
We inducted new member Jessica Locatelli today and then heard speaker Phil Kramer, executive director of the Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center.
Janet Coit, Jessica Locatelli, Karen McNamara
Phil Kramer
Meeting 11/29/2017 Julie Haff 2017-12-02 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 11/15/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Nov 17, 2017
Our speaker today was Emily Muscatel, daughter of member Julie Haff.  Emily has lived all over the world and she talked today about a recent trip to India.
Emily Muscatel
Meeting 11/15/2017 Julie Haff 2017-11-17 08:00:00Z 0
Meeting 11/8/2017 Janet Coit 2017-11-10 08:00:00Z 0

Meeting 10/25/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Nov 02, 2017
Today's guest speaker was Jason Borgen, Director of Learning and Innovation, Portola Valley School District.  Topic was Maker Spaces that he is implementing at his school district.
Jason Borgen
Meeting 10/25/2017 Julie Haff 2017-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting 11/1/2017 Julie Haff 2017-11-02 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 10/18/2017

Posted by Janet Coit on Oct 19, 2017
Today's speaker was Christine Chopra, Executive Director of the S4C. The goal of S4C is to increase post-secondary access and attainment for students in Santa Cruz County.
Meeting 10/18/2017 Janet Coit 2017-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting 10/11/2017 Julie Haff 2017-10-19 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 10/4/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Oct 05, 2017
Today's speaker was Chris Schiermeyer SLV USD Assistant Superintendent for Business.  He is currently leading an investigation into how the District can help with the current housing crisis that our teachers are facing.
Chris Scheirmeyer
Meeting 10/4/2017 Julie Haff 2017-10-05 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 9/27/2017

Posted by Janet Coit on Sep 28, 2017
Our surprise substitute speaker today was Cameron Haste.  He presented a nice set of photos from his recent trip to Tonga, working off his list of the "least visited countries in the world."  The slide that I happened to capture here is where he explains how he figured out how to eat a meal without utensils.
Cameron Haste
Meeting 9/27/2017 Janet Coit 2017-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 9/20/2017

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Sep 25, 2017
Today was a visit from Nancy Macy of the Redwood Mountain Faire Steering Committee.  She presented a check to President Karen MacNamara for our club's participation in this years Redwood Mountain Faire as a "grant group".
Karen and Nancy
Today's speaker was Hallie Greene, also of the Redwood Mountain Faire Steering committee.  She is Director of the Boulder Creek Recreation District and gave the group on update on the activities of the district.
Hallie Greene
Meeting 9/20/2017 Kenneth Macy 2017-09-25 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 9/6/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Sep 18, 2017
Our guest speaker today was 5170 DG Orrin Mahoney.  We prevailed on Orrin to do the induction honors of our new members Scott and Tammie Webb.
Scott, Tammie, DG Orrin Mahoney
Meeting 9/6/2017 Julie Haff 2017-09-18 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 9/13/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Sep 16, 2017
Today was our monthly Club Assembly.  Among other topics, Member Ralph discussed the Felton Library Friends.
Artist's conception of the new Felton Library
Meeting 9/13/2017 Julie Haff 2017-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 8/30/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Aug 31, 2017
Today's speaker was Sibley Simon, presenting his group's successful approaches to homelessness in Santa Cruz.
Sibley Simon
Meeting 8/30/2017 Julie Haff 2017-08-31 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 8/2/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Aug 06, 2017
The speakers today were Bill Rush and Teresa Todd of the Communidad Group.
Teresa and Bill
Meeting 8/2/2017 Julie Haff 2017-08-06 07:00:00Z 0

7/26/2017 Meeting

Posted by Janet Coit on Jul 27, 2017
Today's speaker was Susan Goldstein of the Waldorf Education organization.
Susan Goldstein
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Meeting 7/19/2017 Janet Coit 2017-07-19 07:00:00Z 0
Meeting 6/28/2017 Julie Haff 2017-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 21, 2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Jun 22, 2017
The speaker today was Shannon Calden, Principle of the SLV Middle School.
Shannon Calden
Meeting June 21, 2017 Julie Haff 2017-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting May 31, 2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Jun 07, 2017
Today's speaker was Linda Skeff.  Topics were invasive plant species, restoration of native species and the Americorps team that was here working on these issues in local parks in our area.
Linda Skeff
Meeting May 31, 2017 Julie Haff 2017-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting June 7, 2017

Posted by Janet Coit on Jun 07, 2017
Our guest today was Peter Gelblum who spoke about the ACLU, especially the Northern California affiliate.  The Northern California affiliate is the largest by membership in the nation.
Peter Gelblum
Meeting June 7, 2017 Janet Coit 2017-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting 5/24/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on May 28, 2017
Today's Speaker was Norm Crandell, Felton Chiropractor, presenting the Orphanage in Baja that he supports.   President Karen related the presentation of our scholarship grants to SLV High grads.
Norm Crandall
Karen & Joe at the SLV High Awards program
Meeting 5/24/2017 Julie Haff 2017-05-28 07:00:00Z 0

Recent & Upcoming

District 5170 Conference
President Karen McNamara reported at our last meeting on the great attendance figures of our club at the recent District Conference, our club outdoing all the other clubs in the district!  Karen, President-elect Cameron Haste and Secretary Julie Haff enjoyed the banquet.
Karen, Julie & Cameron
2017 Redwood Mountain Faire - June 3 & 4
Follow the link to get all the information you need to know about this year's Redwood Mountain Faire:   From local musicians to Grammy award winning players and bands to beautiful arts & crafts vendors, it's all at the Faire.  Our club is fortunate to be a grant group volunteering 13 of our members helping with vehicle traffic and parking.
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Meeting May 17, 2017

Posted by Julie Haff on May 17, 2017
Today President Karen swore in new member Scott Deal, with his wife Linda attending as guest of the club.  Our speaker today was Jen Michelsen, SLV Water District Environmental Program Manager.
Scott and Karen
Jen Michelsen
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Meeting 5/3/17

Posted by Julie Haff on May 05, 2017
The speaker today was Michelle Serna discussing the TEDx session she is putting together for the Salinas Valley.
Michelle Serna
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Meeting April 26, 2017

Today's speaker was Scott Deal, talking about his podcast and video production enterprise.  This featured a number of Cowboy & Western musicians.
Scott Deal
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Meeting 3/22/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Apr 08, 2017
Today's speaker was Chris Hennessy presenting his video Touched by Hannah.  We also hosted District 5170 DG Jeff Orth for the presentation of the year's laptop computer to a Boulder Creek Elementary student.  Along with DG Orth, Bob Gretch of the District computer grant program was here to give the laptop to 5th grader Billy Eaton.  Before we got underwas, Karen presented our Casa Nostra host Mario with new-baby gifts from the club.
Mario and Karen
Chris Hennessy
5170 DG Jeff Orth
Billy Eaton and Bob Gretch
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Meeting 4/5/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Apr 08, 2017
The speaker today was Santa Cruz Sheriff Sergeant Brian Cleveland.
Sgt. Brian Cleveland
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Meeting 3/29/2017

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Mar 30, 2017
Our speaker today was Nancy Gerdt, Co-Chair of the Felton Library Friends.  She gave an overview of the project which is on track for completion in 2019.
Nancy has lived in Felton since 1982. She has been a business owner, teacher, and community activist. Beginning with the issue of locally owned water in Felton in 2003, she then  became interested in libraries and in their power to transform lives. In 2005 she became one of the founding members of Felton Library Friends. She served for eight years on the Santa Cruz Library Joint Powers Board from 2006 to 2013 advocating for a better facility in the SLV. In 2016 she along with many other community members successfully worked on the county wide library Measure S campaign. She is currently working with other community members on various projects that will enhance the new Felton branch and serves on the new county-wide Library Advisory Commission.
Nancy Gerdt
Meeting 3/29/2017 Kenneth Macy 2017-03-30 07:00:00Z 0

Meeting March 8, 2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Mar 20, 2017
Minutes of Rotary Club of SLV
Mar 8, 2017
Members in attendance: Judy, Don, Laurie, Linda, Joe, Julie, Mary, Heather, Brenda, Charlie, Steve, Ken, Karen, Ralph, Carol, Sue, Franziska.  Guests: Larry Donatelle from SJ Rotary
President Karen opened the meeting with the flag salute, introductions and Thought for the Day.
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Meeting 3/15/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Mar 15, 2017
Today member Sue Seeger delivered her autobiographical speech to the other members of the group, earning her Blue Badge!
Sue Seeger
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Meeting 3/1/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Mar 05, 2017
Today's speaker is Joe Eckhardt of the SLV Alano Club.  Karen also announced the SLV Rotary Social March 6 at Casa Nostra.  Also announced is the upcoming District 5170 Conference at the Boardwalk, May 6 & 7.
Joe Eckhardt
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Meeting 2/8/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Feb 12, 2017
Cameron received the Paul Harris Fellow award today.  Today was our monthly club assembly to catch up on business and other topics for the club.  See the attached minutes.
Cameron Haste
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Meeting February 1, 2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Feb 04, 2017
Peter and Michelle Gelblum talked to the group about their passion, Mountain Community Theater.  Also member Judy Anderson was named a Paul Harris Fellow.
Judy Anderson with Mike Holton
Michelle Gelblum
Peter Gelblum
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Meeting 1/25/2017

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Jan 26, 2017
The featured speaker today was member Mary Hammer, who gave a reprise of her Blue Badge biographical presentation.
Mary Hammer
We hosted 6 members of the Rotaract Club of UCSC today: Jana Eisner, Millie Angulo, Alyssa Adams, Bonnie Baichen, Will Knudson, Cari Calabi.  They made several fundraiser announcements including "Individual Skills" offering assistance in various areas of their expertise (computer repair, gardening, office management, pet care, car maintenance, ...); and an upcoming dinner and auction in support of Jacob's Heart and Feed the Children, April 29 or May 6.
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Meeting 1/18/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Jan 26, 2017
We have a new Rotary sign posted at the Bear statue near the north end of Boulder Creek on Highway 9.  Thanks Mike, Charlie and Steve.
Today's speakers were Brenda Payne and Ann Cawley of the California Invention Convention.
Brenda Payne
Ann Cawley
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Meeting 1/4/2017

Posted by Julie Haff on Jan 13, 2017
Fred and Reberta McPherson presented their new video on the Fall Creek Watershed. The highlight of the meeting for me today was receiving the Paul Harris Fellow award.  Thank you Mike and the group.
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Meeting 12/14/2016

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Dec 31, 2016
 The Christmas Holiday Shop event was the main topic today.  Big fun all around.
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Meeting 12/7/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Dec 10, 2016
Today we had a very well-attended meeting to recognize the Rotary Vocational community member of the quarter, Tom Shreve, engineer at Roaring Camp in Felton.  Owner Melani Clark gave some background on Roaring Camp and also Tom's contributions there.  Roaring Camp has been a fixture of the San Lorenzo Valley for 52 years there have been over 4 million passengers over the years.  The Club's vocational chairperson Carol Miller presented the certificate of appreciation to Tom.
Today the Club also presented a contribution to the BECA project, Bill Rush and Teresa Todd were here for that.
Bill Rush, Karen McNamara & Teresa Todd
Melani Clark, Roaring Camp
Tom Shreve, Engineer at Roaring Camp
Raffaele (Casa Nostra), Ty Armstrong, Melani Clark (Roaring Camp), Carol Miller, Nate Goodman (Roaring Camp), Karen McNamara, Tom Shreve 
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Meeting 11/30/2016

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Dec 03, 2016
Today's speaker cancelled so we had another club assembly meeting.  Ralph returned from his travels to Ecuador where he did a make-up with the Cuenca Rotary club and we have another banner to add to our collection.  To see the interesting list of all the club's banners click on the Banners link over on the right of our home page.  The collection was begun in 1985 and maintained most of the last 4 decades by Founder Gil Gunn.
Karen, Ralph and our new banner from Cuenca, Ecuador
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Meeting 11/16/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Nov 15, 2016
Today's speaker was Vicky Martinez of the Communidad Para Baja organization, introduced by Teresa Todd.
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Meeting 11/9/2016

Posted by Janet Coit on Nov 10, 2016
Today was the club's monthly Assembly meeting.  Topics discussed were numerous and wide-ranging.
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Meeting 11/2/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Nov 03, 2016
Our speaker today was Peggy Pollard from the Santa Cruz Sunrise club.  Presenting that club's International project, Clean Water & Economi Development in Kasese Uganda.
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Meeting 10/26/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Oct 26, 2016
Today's guests and speakers were 5170 District Governor Jeff Orth and Barbara Orth.  Barbara presented this year's DG Partner's Project "Read Me a Picture".  The mission of the project is to promote visual literacy, vocabulary development and art appreciation, as well as opportunity to exercise a child's imagination - through book ownership.
Member Cameron made quite an impression on our District Governor with his impeccable sense of style.
Jeff Orth
Barbara Orth
Cameron Haste
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Meeting 10/19/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Oct 18, 2016
Today's presenter is Ron Sekkel.  He went over some of the processes of the 2016 Rotary International Council on Legislation for the group.
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Meeting 10/5/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Oct 15, 2016
Today's presenter was Charlie Johnson who did a reprise of his Blue Badge talk.
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Barrel Wrap

Posted by Franziska Sievers on Sep 30, 2016
At the Second Harvest Barrel Wrap today.  Mike, Karen and Carol.  Looks like fun for all.
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Meeting 9/28/2016

Posted by Janet Coit
Today's speaker was Jeff Calden, SLV High School Principle.  Jeff is a native SLV resident, growing up in Boulder Creek.
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Meeting 9/21/2016

Posted by Janet Coit on Sep 24, 2016
Finally we had a winner of the largest Raffle Prize in the history of this club - I feel fairly secure in making that claim!  Member Cameron Haste found the Joker in the deck and he has a very good place to spend the prize.
Cameron Haste
Our guest speakers today were Debbie Brooks and Tara Ireland of the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center.
Tara Ireland
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Meeting 9/14/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Sep 15, 2016
Today was our monthly Club Assembly meeting, but we had a short presentation from Jim LeBlanc, Saratoga Rotary Club and Regional Director for the Internation Foundation Giving Program.
Jim LeBlanc
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Meeting 8/24/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Aug 26, 2016
We hosted two visiting Rotarians today - Michele Robins from Moraga and Robin Wells from Tehachapi (a great fan of the Dodgers).  Today's speaker was our own Carol Miller who updated her Blue Badge biography talk for the club.
Michele & Robin
Carol Miller
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Meeting 8/10/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Aug 11, 2016
Welcome Francizska Sievers, the newest member of the Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley.  She gave us a brief autobiography.
Francizska Sievers
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Meeting 7/20/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Jul 21, 2016
Karen led the club assembly meeting today with various announcement and updates from the monthly Area 7 presidents' meeting, including the Area 7 Mixer scheduled for August 29, 6pm at Bruno's in Scotts Valley.
Bruno's BBQ Restaurant
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Meeting 7/13/2016

Posted by Janet Coit on Jul 19, 2016
Today was Karen's first full meeting as President for 2016/2017.  We were addressed by the RYLA attendees Logan and Lauren.   And Eric Hammer received his Blue badge!
Eric Hammer and Family
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Meeting 7/6/2016

Posted by Janet Coit on Jul 10, 2016
Today's featured guest was Donna Maurillo, the new District 7 Assistant Governor.  She spoke about her involvement with Rotary and then inducted the key officers of our club for 2016/2017.  There was a good group of us at President Karen's home for the debunking of outgoing President Mike.  Mike has been calling for Yo-Yos since he first arrived here in SLV - he got some today.
Karen, Mike, Carol, Steve, Janet, Ken, Judy, Mary, Julie
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Meeting 6/29/2016

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Jun 29, 2016
This was the last meeting of the 2015/2016 Rotary year for the group.  Today's guest speaker was Rhonda Schlosser, principal of the SLVUSD Charter School.  Dick Scoppettone of the Scotts Valley club visited today to talk about getting together with our club for a monthly community project happening on the second Saturday of each month, 9am - 12noon.
Rhonda Schlosser
Dick Scoppettone
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Meeting 6/22/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Jun 25, 2016
Our speaker today was introduced by Joe Griffin, a former co-worker of his at the California Conservation Corps (CCC), Brenda Herrmann.  She was accompanied by another CCC staff person Eric Tillery.
Brenda Herrmann
Erik Tillery
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Meeting 6/15/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Jun 21, 2016
Special guests Kristin and Katelyn Praley presented Katelyn's plans to participate in Rotary's Youth Exchange Program.  Katelyn will be travelling and staying in Brazil with a family this year and they are looking for a family to host a Rotary Exchange student in the SLV.
Katelyn & Kristin
Then our own member Cameron Haste, fearless arctic explorer, dazzled the group with his pictures from he and his family's recent trip to the Arctic, Lapland, actually, including the Ice Hotel in Kiruna, far north Finland!  Another town they visited was Kangos.  We have one of his photos here of the Aurora they witnessed.
Cameron Haste
Aurora (Northern Lights) over Lapland
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Meeting 6/8/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Jun 08, 2016
Distinguished visitors today included District Governor Susan Valenta, PDG Ron Sekkel and SLV past-president Priscilla Weiss.
Mike inducted Ralph Miljanich to the club and Governor Valenta presented the club with the Rotary President's Presidential Citation Award.
New member Ralph Miljanich with Linda Fawcett and Mike Holton
District Governor Susan Valenta
Governor Valenta presents the Presidential Citation Award to the club
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Redwood Mountain Faire

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Jun 08, 2016
Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley is excited to have participated in the 2016 Redwood Mountain Faire. Our members worked various shifts of Internal Traffic Control over Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  On Sunday morning Julie, Larry and Karen provided coffee service to the early rising vendors and stage and sound workers.  A large urn of coffee was donated by Steve Taylor of the Mountain Roasting company in Felton.
Hallie with Larry Haff and Karen at the Rotary Coffee Service
Brenda Holmes, Jillian Rose, Linda Fawcett, Ken Macy getting pumped up for our shift
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Meeting 5/18/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on May 21, 2016
The guest speaker today was Lynn Robinson, Executive Director of Valley Churches United Missions.
Lynn Robinson
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Meeting 5/11/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on May 11, 2016
Speakers today at the club assembly were: Laurie Bruton (new Blue Badge), Bailey Duarte (UCSC Rotaract Club) and Bill Rush (BECA Project).
Bailey Duarte
Bill Rush
Laurie Bruton, Mike Holton
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Meeting 5/4/2016

Posted by Kenneth Macy on May 07, 2016
Today our speaker was Lance Linares of the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.  In the San Lorenzo Valley, Community Foundation is represented by the Mountain Community Resources organization.
Lance Linares
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Meeting 4/20/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Apr 20, 2016
Minutes of Rotary Club of SLV
April 20, 2016
Members in attendance: Don, Laurie, Janet, Linda, Joe G, Julie, Mary, Cameron, Mike, Charles, Steve, Ken, Karen, Carol, Sue, and Bill. Guests: Scott Webb and Ralph Miljanvoich
Guest Speaker: Scott Weber, Director of Easter Seals Camp Harmon
Scott Weber
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Meeting 4/13/2016

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Apr 16, 2016
Instead of Club Assembly, today we were visited by George Wylie and Jim Mosher to update the club on Measure S in the June election, successful passage of which will provide a bond issue to support the county libraries, including building a new library in Felton.
George Wiley and Jim Mosher
President-elect Karen McNamara announced the scheduled memorial for Club founder Joe Busa will be held at Joe's residence in Ben Lomond, Saturday April 30 at 2pm.  The Club members are invited.
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Meeting 4/5/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Apr 06, 2016
Today's speaker was Kevin Foster from the Boulder Creek CERT, a part of the overall Santa Cruz County CERT.
Kevin Foster
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Meeting 3/23/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Mar 24, 2016
Today's meeting featured the club's Vocational Award presentation.  The award was presented by member Joe Griffin to Daniel Williford, California State Parks Interpreter; also here for the presentation was Elizabeth Hammack, California State Parks Interpreter III, Daniel's current supervisor.  The photos here are Daniel, Daniel with Elizabeth and Daniel with Joe.
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Meeting 3/16/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Mar 18, 2016
Today's meeting was at the Ben Lomond Bistro.  The speakers were Bill Rush and Teresa Todd of Los Medicos Voladores.  Bill emphasized that the next trip available for Rotarian "Ride-Alongs" is September 1 - 4 for the BECA Health Fair in northern Mexico.
Bill Rush                                                 Teresa Todd
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Meeting 3/2/2016 Short

Posted by Janet Coit on Mar 04, 2016
Meeting Recap 3/2/2016
-Mike introduced our Speaker Brian King from Wilderness Skills Institute.
Brian King
 Brian first told how his grandfather from Phoenix had met Paul Harris on a train and his grandfather decided he wanted to have the Phoenix 100th Rotary Club chartered and was able to accomplish that.
The Wilderness Skills Institute is an education outside in nature.  It is a 180-day school located in Scotts Valley for students K-12 were they can receive a HS diploma.  They also offer summer camps for 3 weeks.  They will have 14 students in the Fall.  Brian showed  a presentation of all the different activities the students are exposed to and answered questions after.
(See the complete minutes on the Stories Link on our home page.)
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Meeting 3/2/2016

Posted by Janet Coit on Mar 04, 2016
-Mike introduced our Speaker Brian King from Wilderness Skills Institute.
Brian King
 Brian first told how his grandfather from Phoenix had met Paul Harris on a train and his grandfather decided he wanted to have the Phoenix 100th Rotary Club chartered and was able to accomplish that.
The Wilderness Skills Institute is an education outside in nature.  It is a 180-day school located in Scotts Valley for students K-12 were they can receive a HS diploma.  They also offer summer camps for 3 weeks.  They will have 14 students in the Fall.  Brian showed  a presentation of all the different activities the students are exposed to and answered questions after.
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Meeting 2/24/2016

Posted by Janet Coit on Feb 25, 2016
See full text of meeting minutes at:
Mike introduced our speaker from the Scotts Valley Club, Zeda Dowell.   Zeda was born a Muslim but converted to Christianity as an adult.  She gave her opinions on Islam.
Zeda Dowell
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February 17 Meeting

Posted by Janet Coit on Feb 24, 2016
For the complete recap of the meeting today, see the document at:
Janet introduced out speakers, Ruben Garcia and Jose Hernandez from Monarch Services.  They had an interesting program telling us the services Monarch provides which include domestic violence crisis intervention with children and youth support groups, a sexual assault response team and human trafficking information. Most services are confidential unless a child is involved.  They work closely with the police and nursing staffs with sexual assault cases.  There are 2 offices, one in Watsonville and one in Santa Cruz and have support groups in English and Spanish.  They are the only agency in Santa Cruz County that provides services to women, children, youth and men.  They have a 24-hour crisis line and have a confidential shelter for women and children and will provide hotel vouchers for men.  They have volunteer training for outreach and an intensive training for crisis line volunteers.
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Meeting 2/10/2016

Posted by Janet Coit on Feb 11, 2016
Club Assembly
-Mike rang the bell at 7:30 AM
-Steve led us in the Pledge and 4 Way Test
-Don had the Thought for the Day
-Mike reported on several Rotarians who were not in attendance.
-Charlie led us in singing Happy Birthday to Laurie.
-Mike handed out the Perfect Attendance Awards.
-Mike handed out the previously missing Rotarian of Month Awards to:
              Charlie-Sgt. at Arms duties
              Laurie-Speech Contest
              Ken-stepping in as Treasurer
-Laurie spoke about the Speech Contest and how the 2 young ladies enjoyed the experience.  Madeline will have a practice session with a Rotarian audience at the Clubhouse at Bear Creek Park (across from Mike and Janet’s cabin) on Wednesday, Feb. 17th at 4:00 PM.  All Rotarians are welcome to attend.
-Steve reported receiving a letter of thanks from the Dictionary Company for the donation of $486.  He reported that over the years there have been 2,160 dictionaries donated in the San Lorenzo Valley schools.
-Mike reported that the RYLA interviews would be next Friday the 19th.  There will be a short meeting for the interviewers after next week’s meeting.  So far there are 3 RYLA candidates.
-Mary spoke about the MCR Phone-a-thon.  SLV Rotary and Interact members will be volunteering on Sunday, February 21st from 2-6 PM.  
-Karen reported that the SV Trivia Contest on February 27th has been filled and she was unable to register the SLV Rotary team.  Mike will try to get the team registered at the President’s meeting on Friday.
-Brenda reported there is a fundraiser for Mt. Parks Foundation at Shadowbrook Restaurant on Tuesday, March 8th.  If you mention Mt. Parks, 1/3 of the meal and drinks cost will be donated to Mt. Parks. 
-The SV / SLV Rotary Social will be March 11th at the Boulder Creek Pizza & Pub starting at 6:15 PM.
-April 27th the club will be dark but we will have a field trip to Brookdale Lodge starting at noon for a tour by Pravin Patel.
-Mary reported that the Sam Farr Roast would be May 6th from 5:30-9 PM at the Aptos Seascape Golf course.   $150 per person.
-Charlie reported that the Polio Plus jar was very full so he took it last week to Bay Federal and had the money counted.  Charlie presented a check to the club for $108.98.
-Bill was Detective and asked questions about leading men in the movies.  Followed by Happy Bucks
-Brenda Holmes presented her Blue Badge talk about herself to fulfill that requirement.  It was very entertaining, recalling her volunteerism and lessons learned in each decade of her life.
Brenda Holmes
-Assembly items:
  • Ken reported that the 3rd Quarter billing has been sent out. 
  • Next week raffle tickets will be purchased with cash at each meeting.
  • Each winner of the raffle will receive $5
  • If the raffle winner is a Rotarian, they will get to pull a card or marble.
  • $1=1 ticket
  • $2=3 tickets
  • $5=10 tickets
  • Mike reported Brittney Overbeck will be leaving the position as District Administrator to work in Santa Cruz.  Mike encouraged members to reach out to her to invite her to consider joining SLV Rotary.
-Janet reported that there might be an opportunity for community service helping in construction for the SLV high school Safe and Sober Celebration.
-Karen had the winning raffle ticket and won $5, but didn’t pick the Joker.
-Mike adjourned the meeting at 8:30 AM with our motto Service Above Self.
Respectfully submitted by Janet Coit for Julie Haff.
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Meeting 1/27/2016

Posted by Julie Haff
Minutes of Rotary Club of SLV
January 27, 2016
Members in attendance: Judy, Don, Laurie, Janet, Linda, Joe G, Gil, Julie, Mary, Cameron, Mike, Charles, Steve, Ken, Karen, Carol, and Bill. Guests: Pravin Patel, Ralph, Bob Lewis, Jim Anderson, and from UCSC Rotaract: Marcelo, Sarah, Jessie, Bailey Duarte, President.
Guest Speaker:  Sheriff Jim Hart
President Mike opened the meeting with the flag salute, introductions and Thought for the Day.
Announcements: Bailey from UCSC’s Rotartact said members of the Rotaract Club will work at your business or home for $10 an hour. They are raising money to support their visit by Interact students.
Bailey Duarte
Pravin Patel updated us on the progress on the Brookdale Lodge. He is hoping to have phase 1 opening up in spring 2016.
Pravin Patel
Detective: Karen tested us on our knowledge of vegetables.
Guest Speaker: Sheriff Jim Hart was raised in Santa Cruz, lives in Scotts Valley and was elected Sheriff in 2014. The Sherriff spoke about the use of excessive force in the country and is implementing 79 recommendations for 21st Century Plan for law enforcement. Santa Cruz County will be the first agency in California is to adopt these recommendations. There are 3 new laws that went into effect in January: AB 66 - body cameras, AB 953 - reporting of demographics for all officer stops, and AB 71 all injuries when force is used. Crime is actually very low in the county and it is estimated to be at the same level as the early 1960s. 
Sheriff Jim Hart
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30. 
Minutes respectfully submitted by
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Meeting 1/20/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Jan 23, 2016
Minutes of Rotary Club of SLV
January 20, 2016
Members in attendance: Judy, Don, Laurie, Janet, Linda, Joe G, Julie, Eric, Mary, Mike, Charles, Steve, Ken, Karen, Brenda, and Bill. Guests: Ralph
Guest Speaker: none
President Mike opened the meeting with the flag salute, introductions and Thought for the Day.
Speech Contest
The theme of the contest is Be a Gift to the World. The directions include weaving in the Four Way Test. We had two speakers from SLVHS.
Madeline Peterson was awarded first place in our speech contest and received a certificate and check for $200. She will represent SLV Rotary at the Area 7 speech contest. Jasmine Brack received a check for $100 and a second place certificate.
              Jasmine Brack
               Madeline Peterson
Announcements: Karen updated us on PETS; Sheriff Jim Hart will be here next week; Feb. 25 is the Area speech contest. It will start at 12:15.
Detective: Karen, New England Trivia
Drawing: Bill did not find the Joker!
The meeting was adjourned at 8:25. 
Minutes respectfully submitted by J.Haff
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Meeting 1/6/2016

Posted by Julie Haff on Jan 09, 2016
Minutes of Rotary Club of SLV
January 6, 2016
Members in attendance: Judy, Laurie, Janet, Linda, Joe G, Julie, Mary, Heather, Mike, Charles, Karen, Carol, Ken, and Bill. Guests: Lynn from Valley Churches
Guest Speaker: Peggy Flynn
President Mike opened the meeting with the flag salute, introductions and Thought for the Day.
Announcements: We collected over $500 at our Christmas Party. The donation will go to one of our previous members and will be matched by two different individuals and B of A. January Speech Contest will be in the morning on January 20. The area contest will be February 25 at the Aptos club meeting.  Board meeting after today’s meeting. MCR has enough socks this year but now needs new underwear for their clients. Please bring them to the next meeting. Redwood Mountain Fair June 2-5 2016. Lynn thanked SLV Rotary for sponsoring five children at Christmas.
Detective: New Year’s trivia—thanks Karen!
Happy Bucks: Thanks all!
Guest Speaker: Peggy Flynn spoke about her service in the Peace Corps in the Botswana. 40% of all Peace Corps workers go to Africa. The average age of a Peace Corps worker has gone from 24 to 28 to 30. The Peace Corp is now looking for “Baby Boomers” to volunteer. Workers volunteer for 27 months and Peggy has just extended her time by one year. Almost all of the work in Botswana is working on the AIDS epidemic. Life expectancy in the late 1980’s dropped to 39. It has since gone back up to 64.
Peggy has been working to develop a teen club in her village (14,000 people in the village) to help youth with emotional problems stemming from being HIV positive. Because of this project, Peggy decided to volunteer for an additional year. Her position is similar to that of a county health worker. She has facilitated gender based violence programs and fundraisers, including a first ever art auction. SLV Rotary Club helped last year by donating seed money for the supplies for the art auction.
The government has money for projects to help reduce poverty. Peggy shared pictures of villagers gardening, raising chickens and cattle, and sewing. She also shared pictures of animals when she was on safari. Peggy lives in government housing and has electricity. About 25% of the population lives in traditional housing made of grasses and not everyone has electricity. She encourages others to consider joining the Peace Corps.
Peggy Flynn
Drawing: Bill’s number was drawn but he did not find the joker!!
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30. 
Minutes respectfully submitted by J. Haff
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Photos from Holiday Party 2015

Posted by Kenneth Macy on Dec 16, 2015
Larry Haff took some photos at the Party last night, before I post them to SNAPCHAT, take a look (kidding!).
The photo album is on the web site on the About Our Club Page linked on the left hand side of the page.
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Meeting 12/16/2015

Posted by Julie Haff on Dec 15, 2015
Minutes of Rotary Club of SLV
 December 16, 2015
Members in attendance: Judy, Don, Laurie, Janet, Linda, Joe G, Julie, Eric, Mary, Cameron, Heather, Mike, Charles, Steve, Ken, Karen, Carol, Bill, Brenda and Thomas. Guests: Brittany Overbeck, Priscilla Weiss, Francine Lapias, and Jim Anderson.
Guest Speaker:  Governor Susan Valenta
President Mike opened the meeting with the flag salute, introductions and Thought for the Day. Charlie led the group in birthday, anniversary and holiday songs.
Perfect attendance (absent last week): Julie, Steve
Don said the Food Drive with Scotts Valley brought in $1200 in cash, cans, and turkeys. Eric will be in charge of Thought for the Day in January. Holiday Party will be at Joe and Linda’s house. Speech contest will be held on Jan. 20, 2016. Children and families enjoyed our first holiday shopping trip and meal. Karen thanked Janet for organizing the Christmas shopping trip. Santa Cruz Noon Club is meeting at the Back 9
Happy Bucks: lots of happiness in our club! Highlights included: a trip to the Artic and giving a kitty to grandchildren.
Guest Speaker: Governor Susan Valenta retired as the president and CEO of the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce. Governor Susan joined Rotary in 1995 and has received numerous leadership awards including: Hearts of Gilroy Award, 2014 Woman of the Year, the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce named a youth leadership award after her, and she was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Woman of Silicon Valley.
Governor Susan inducted two new members into the Rotary Club of SLV: Brenda Holmes and Bill Jurgens.
Bill, Brenda and Susan
District 5170 includes 53 clubs in 4 counties and we are divided into 9 areas. We are a growing district and have the largest Interact Club in the world. Susan spoke about her core belief that Rotarians are the ones who will change the course of humanity. Since 2005, over 1000 children have had the cleft palate surgeries. She honored the work of local Rotarians for their contributions including: 1700 children who received eye exams; the drilling of wells around the world; the eradication of polio; and the delivery of wheel chairs.
She recognized the Rotary Club of SLV for the following: dictionary distribution, painting of fire hydrants, shopping spree, Interact Club, Felton clean-up, scholarships, RYLA, annual speech contest, new welcome signs, food drive, vocation appreciation awards, and the collection of socks for MCR.
Our District has just collected $115,000 to make another distribution of wheel chairs in Monterey, Mexico. Governor Susan invited all of us to attend the conference in April. As she demonstrated, Simple Acts can become Bold Acts and Rotarians make it happen
President Mike presented the Governor with a check for $500 to add to the wheelchair project.
Drawing: Our guest, Francine but did not find the joker!
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30. 
Minutes respectfully submitted by J. Haff
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