Rotary Welcomes New Member - Amber Porter
Amber Porter is a lifelong Pacifican and the branch manager of Tri Counties Bank in Linda Mar.  She has a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in Classics with a minor degree in Anthropology.  While this may not sound like the makings of a financial career, Amber has a wide variety of interests and loves to learn about anything and everything.  Volunteerism is one of those interests, beginning as a student at Oceana High School and continuing today.  She also wants to teach her young children, Jason and Haley, about the importance of community service and giving back, and she hopes to include them whenever possible. Amber is excited to expand her involvement in the local community, and world at large, through membership with the Rotary. 
Please extend a warm Rotary welcome to our newest member Amber Porter
Rotary Welcomes New Member - Celeste Chernicky
Celeste Chernicky grew up in Sunnyvale in a family of six and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1974 with a degree in mathematics. She married John, her high school sweetheart, and they moved to Pacifica 43 years ago where they bought their house in Park Pacifica.
The same month that they moved to Pacifica, Celeste volunteered to be a religious education teacher at St. Peter’s where she taught 7th graders and 1st graders for over 30 years. She also served on the pastoral council, coordinated the production of several church directories, and managed her Renew group’s Adopt a Family Pajaro project the last few years. She enjoyed volunteering at her son’s elementary school, helping in the classroom, serving on the Home School Club board and running most of the school’s fundraisers.
Celeste began her professional career as an actuarial analyst. After taking seven years off to be an at home mom, she changed careers and worked as a project manager for a company that provided technical assistance to government organizations in the field of national and community service. She retired 15 years later.
Since her retirement, Celeste has become devoted to Relay for Life of Pacifica Coastside and the fight against cancer. She serves on the planning committee, is the sponsorship coordinator, and team captain for the St. Peter’s Friends and Family Relay team. She feels it’s now time to expand her volunteer activities by becoming a member of Rotary Club of Pacifica. She looks forward to getting to know the other Rotarians and working on various projects that support our community and beyond.
Please extend a warm Rotary welcome to our newest member Celeste Chernicky
Pacifica Rotary Debunks Outgoing President Carl Schwab
Saturday June 29th the Pacifica Rotary celebrated the outgoing President Carl Schwab with a wonderful dinner at Nick's Restaurant. Fun was had by all. We all know that Carl enjoys hiking so in his honor we brought backpacks for his upcoming journey later this year and some of us dressed up in hiking gear.  We are all so very proud to have worked beside Carl this past year and he did a wonderful job in leading our organization.  We look forward to his continued contributions to this club.

Rotary Welcomes New Member – Mike Haase

Membership Chair Linda Jonas presented new member Mike Haase for installation to the Rotary Club of Pacifica with President Carl, Sponsor Bob and PDG Ron Gin conducting the ceremonies.
Michael grew up in Milwaukee and moved to San Francisco in 1982. He worked for the City & County of San Francisco for 36 years as Assistant Chief of Claims/Investigations for the City Attorney for San Francisco. He’s been married to Connie Menefee for 30 years and they have two children, Nick - 29 and Samantha – 27. Michael loves to garden, hike/walk, and be outdoors. He also loves baseball and attends many of the Giants’ games.  Michael has stated that he’s very excited about joining Rotary Club of Pacifica – he’s aware of what a fantastic worldwide organization we have, one that does incredible humanitarian work. He’s also aware of just how much our local club does for Pacifica. He’s honored to join with us and thanks us for including him in our club!
After words of wisdom from President Carl and PDG Ron Gin sponsor presented Mike with his Rotary pin and Membership Chair Linda Jonas presented Mike a book about Rotary and his certificate of membership making Mike officially the newest Rotary member in Pacifica.  Mike also received one of the “infamous” Rob Gin neon green caps as part of the celebration!
Please extend a warm Rotary welcome to our newest member 
Mike Haase.
Rotary Welcomes New Member – Gwen Kane
Gwen Kane is a California native, born and raised in Fresno, California.  She attended Fresno State where her initial major was law, with a minor in accounting, then she changed her major to accounting. 
While at Fresno State, she was elected the president of FBLA for 3 years.  This was an excellent opportunity to reach out to other business leaders in our community and it taught her a great deal about becoming an entrepreneur.  She opened her own business in Fresno, a janitorial service for commercial accounts, and worked as a paralegal for several law firms and the Central Unified School District as an administrative assistant.
Moving to Sioux City, IA she once again opened her own business, which flourished for 18+ years. She also interned as a graphic designer, which led her to managing and working in the television and advertising/print industry. 
Returning to California a little over 3 years ago and could not be happier to be back home – away from the snow and the cold!  She’s very grateful for the opportunity of working at Granite Creditors Service with Steve Wright, her Rotary sponsor.  She’s also thankful for the opportunity to serve our community as a new member of the Rotary Club of Pacifica.
Last, but not by any means least, her proudest accomplishment is to be the mother of 3 beautiful children and one beautiful granddaughter.
Welcome Gwen, we look forward to your Rotary Involvement.
Rotarians thanked for service to District 5150
Pacifica Rotarians Steve Wright, Bob Jacobsen and Colleen Wright were acknowledged by PDG Ron Gin for their outstanding and dedicated service as committee members for the last three Annual District 5150 Conferences.  Steve and Colleen served as Co-Chairs of the conferences, while Bob served as Logistics Chair providing logistics and  technical support for the conferences.
Rotary Welcomes New Member – Vickie Flores
President Carl Schwab and sponsor, Linda Jonas, welcomed new member Vickie Flores to the Pacifica Rotary family.  Vickie was born and raised in Pacifica attending Sharp Park attending Sharp Park School (now IBL) and Oceana High School.  She has attended the University of Phoenix.
Vickie was the CEO of the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce and is currently the CEO of Final Key Consulting, a technology business specializing in Microsoft CRM implementations, website development, and organizational change management. She also has a background in technology, sales, marketing, and finance.
Vickie has shared her valuable skills as active member of the Pacifica community serving on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club and the Pacifica Beach Coalition.   Vickie has visited the Pacifica Rotary several times over the past couple of years and felt that she would like to help on a broader scale and get involved in international programs, as well as local ones. 
Pacifica Rotarians were pleased to welcome Vickie to Rotary as sponsor Linda presented her with her Rotary pin.
Welcome to Pacifica Rotary, Vickie!
Linda Jonas Honored
Pacifica Rotarian, Linda Jonas, Past President and current Membership Chair was recently honored with the “Community Hero Award” by State Senator Jerry Hill at his ‘Java with Jerry’ coffee at Mazzetti’s Bakery.  Senator Hill highlighted Linda’s dedicated service to the Pacifica community through her tireless volunteer efforts with the Pacifica Rotary Club, Pacifica Police Department, Pacifica Library Foundation, Pacifica Historical Society, Fog Fest Organizing Group and Beta Sigma Phi noting that Linda has left an indelible mark on the city.
Congratulations and thanks to Linda for her outstanding service to the community and especially to the Rotary Club of Pacifica for all her energy and hard work. 
Congratulations Linda!
Steve Wright Honored as Pacificans Care Partner
Ginny Jaquith, Pacificans Care board member and Rotarian, presents Rotarian Steve Wright, owner of Granite Creditor Services, a plaque acknowledging his support for Pacificans Care as a corporate Partner. Generous business owners like Steve, exemplify the ideals of Rotary, not only through their support of Rotary programs and projects, but also through their contributions to those in need in the community.
Pacificans Care, Pacifica’s community foundation, is dedicated to assisting and supporting locally administered social service agencies to help build a richer and higher quality of life here in Pacifica including Pacifica Resource Center, Pacifica Senior Services, Pacifica Child Care and the Pacifica Youth Service Bureau.  For more information about Pacificans Care visit their website at
Thanks to Rotarian Steve Wright and
Granite Creditor Services
for their support of the Pacifica community
Rotary welcomes new member - Sven Geffken
President Carl Schwab and sponsor Piper Hanson made it official, inducting Sven Geffken as Pacifica”s newest Rotarian.  As President Carl noted:  “Becoming a Rotarian in the truest sense of the word is something that is accomplished only by the member himself, we, as your fellow club members cannot make you a true Rotarian, you must achieve that distinction yourself.”
Sven readily accepted the challenge indicating his commitment to the Pacifica community and to Rotary, looking forward to participating in Rotary’s many exciting projects.  To make the induction official sponsor Piper presented Sven his Rotary badge.
Sven was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California.  After graduating with his BA degree in Finance from San Francisco State University in 2013 he decided to move back to the coast and found himself in Pacifica.  It is not only the perfect place to enjoy is hobbies including mountain biking, hiking, surfing and running, but it’s also a wonderful place to grow his financial advising practice with Edward Jones.
Sven was raised to participate and give back to the community and he looks forward to getting more involved with Rotary and giving back to the wonderful place he calls home.
Welcome to Pacifica Rotary, Sven!