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Del Mar - Solana Beach

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 7:00 AM
Hilton Del Mar
15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Del Mar, CA  92014
United States
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May 2018
Upcoming Events
Joanie Connell - President,Flexible Work Solutions
Jun 01, 2018
Collaboration Across Generations
Chuck Samuelson - Founder, Kitchens For Good
Jun 08, 2018
TBD - "Where Food Changes Lives"
Dwight Worden - Mayor of Del Mar
Jun 15, 2018
Del Mar, the Mouse that roars
Bill Gore - San Diego County Sheriff
Jun 22, 2018
TBD - xxx
Scott MacDonald - Rotarian at Del Mar Club
Jun 29, 2018
MacDonald Scholars: Paying it forward
Kalani Creutzburg & Nate Schoemer of Cammies/Canin
Jul 06, 2018
Vets helping our Homeless Veterans
David Alemian; Corporate Speaker
Jul 13, 2018
Talent Recruitment and Retention
Amir Emadi; CEO of Skylift
Jul 20, 2018
Paradigm shift in fighting wildfires
Jul 27, 2018
Club Assembly/planning/membership growth
Rachel Devine of GenerateHope
Aug 03, 2018
Sex Trafficking in San Diego - The Epidemic that's Happening in Our Own Backyard
Jabez LeBret; Founder of Sisu Academy
Aug 10, 2018
Transformational Boarding School Solving San Diego Disengaged Youth Problem
Sal Mariscal
Aug 17, 2018
Cancer treatments & therapy
Dr. Aaron Sathrum; Concepts Engr at Gen Atomics
Aug 24, 2018
Lithium Ion Battery development and applications at General Atomics
Jeff Blanton from Blanton Group
Aug 31, 2018
Mobilizing Leaders to Transform Business and Community Success
Dr. Puja Gupta; Nuc Energy Scientist at GA
Sep 07, 2018
In Pursuit of Nuclear Technology for 21st Century
George Reh; COO of Club ABLE
Sep 14, 2018
TBD ??
Linda Olson, Motivational Speaker
Sep 21, 2018
Get out and Go
Don Collins; TPHS PALS Advisor / Sanford Inspire
Sep 28, 2018
Teaching to Inspire
Tom Madeyski; District Exec @ YMCA SD Camps
Oct 12, 2018
YMCA Overnight Camps & Youth Development
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Janice Kurth’s (Rotary District Foundation Committee Chairperson at Rotary District 5340) talk covered the Rotary foundation including its Mission of building peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting mothers and children, and helping to grow local economies. she explained how giving to the annual fund comes back to our club when we do district grants and global grants.

There are 3 ways to give to the Rotary foundation. one is polio plus, number two is to the endowment fund, number three is to the annual fund.

Janice presented to banners to our Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary club for the 2016-2017 rotary year for 100% member participation and donations that year.

Janice also talked about the awards that members can receive for giving to the Rotary foundation which include the Paul Harris society, Paul Harris award levels, the bequest society and the major donor… she encouraged our members to join the Paul Harris society by signing up for a direct deposit of $86 per month which adds up to $1000 a year for those who are able to do so and for all Rotarians to make The Rotary foundation their charity of choice. Please talk to our clubs foundation chair, Paul Butler with any questions on these various giving programs.

Janice also mentioned that the Rotary foundation received a four-star rating from charity navigator, which rates all foundations in the United States. The Rotary foundation was voted the number one foundation into 2016 where 92% of donations are put to work in the programs and only 6% goes to fund raising expenses and a paltry 2% for administrative cost.
Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Janice that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
We also had a guest today from Bangalore, India - Mr. M. Krishnamurthy.
The event started with George Sousa giving a talk about his wonderful experience as part of the honored list of folks chosen to fly on the "Honor Flight" from San Diego to Washington D.C. and back with full royal treatment! Following that we had an excellent talk by Michael Gonzales.
Michael Gonzales gave gives talks on various topics, such as, ideas about telling a story in a fun way that captures audience attention, how to avoid writer's block, etc.
Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Michael that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
San Diego airport was packed with friends and families of all the Honor Flight veterans. There were several members from our DMSB club there to greet George Sousa! The above picture shows George's American Airlines flight #9459 on it's way to San Diego from Washington D.C.
Terminal 2 was packed with veterans, families and friends all waving the American flag. We ll arrived there around 2:30 pm and the first veteran rolled down the aisle around 3:30 pm. There was music and excitement all around.
They announced that the oldest veteran on the Honor Flight was 99 years old! Finally after about 30-40 minutes we saw George walking down the aisle with his wife Lou. It was pretty emotional and exciting!
In the end we saw the founder of Honor Flight San Diego Dave Smith walk down the aisle!
Sara Schairer is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit "Compassion It" whose mission is to inspire compassionate actions and attitudes. She can be seen above providing a guided meditation class to make the audience more mindful of their compassionate actions in life.
Sara is a Stanford-certified compassion facilitator and leads trainings globally for people of all ages and backgrounds, including inmates, business leaders, students, educators, and healthcare providers. She was a contributing author to the book "The Neuroscience of Learning and Development" and also writes for The Chopra Center. An interesting fact is that she was the female vocalist in a local indie band that broke up in 2015.
She explains that there are many varieties of social issues in the world - hunger, divisive country on racial issues, bullying, hatred, etc. She points out there are several solution proposed and she looks at her doc Scout and says that is the definition of "Compassion" since dog's love every person whether that person is rich, poor, homeless or a criminal.
Her passion for this movement started when she was divorced early with her little daughter. She went through various challenges for several years until one days she saw a show of Ellen DeGeneres with a person talking about compassion. That changed her life completely and the idea of the phrase and company name "Compassion It" came to her, which makes compassion a verb and a movement!
She was dealt with another tragedy when her father got hit by a truck and was killed instantly in 2004. So she stared making T-shirts with the "Compassion It" logo and giving it out at Yoga clubs and other events.
Then she came up with the idea of a wrist band that had a purpose. It was designed with flippable colors so that one side was a different color and the other side was white. She suggested that wearers should flip the band each time they do an act of compassion. A girl in UK demonstrated and explained this well on a video that went viral. Later 2 high-school girls set up a fundraising event and people were lined up outside the school and they sold all the bands in 42 minutes. These bands can be purchased from her site at Compassion It Store.
She says there are about 140,000 bands in use all over the world! She was with the President of Botswana distributing the bands to the office staff and other folks there. She found out that Stanford in CA offers a course on compassion training at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and she got certified 5 years ago as a teacher and now offers various courses to inmates in prisons, business leaders and healthcare providers.
Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Sara that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
Patricia Case explains her role as the Social Chair. Some of her KEY tasks are --
  1. Be creative and cost-conscious.
  2. An example was the fabulous event we had for the 25th anniversary celebrations of our club.
  3. Keep nagging people to RSVP for events as early as possible to get the best possible rates from venues.
1. Why did you choose that position? Said Bill pushed her into it :-).
2. How would you improve it? Stop working :-). Other than that some members suggested having events at potential Bocce sponsors that own restaurants.
Susan Hennenfent reminded everyone about the Aquaponics Farm Tour event on May 19th. Members also get to see the new refrigerated truck donated by our club. Here is a copy of her earlier message.
The DMSB Rotary club is  scheduled for a Aquaponics Farm Tour  with Solutions for Change on Saturday, May 19th at 10 am.  The tour will be about 90 minutes. It is a really interesting tour. We will get to see the refrigerated van that was purchased with our Foundation funds.
Please let me know if you are planning on attending-Guests are welcome. The Solutions Farm is located at 948 La Rueda Drive, Vista CA 92084.  Parking is limited, so please try to carpool. 
Duane Trombly is a long time member of San Diego’s business community.  He started his career as a county program director for substance abuse services.  He was a catalyst in opening the first substance abuse treatment program in  Western Michigan. Transitioning into the high tech area he spent 30 years with leading edge companies that were ground breakers in the personal computer space.  But now he has come full circle, founding Confidential Recovery a substance abuse treatment facility for working adults who require a high level of confidentiality for their treatment. He will share with us the status of the current national opioid crisis and its impact in San Diego. He was on the board of Just In Time for Foster Youth.
He started off with explaining the definition of OPIOID. He said the best way to understand that is to think of "Morphine" and "Heroin". That's how addictive opioids are! It seems of 95% of the opioids are consumed in the USA! Initially it was used for end-of-life treatments for cancer patients. But then in 1995 a company known as Purdue Pharma founded by the Sackler brothers developed the prescription painkiller OxyContin that became a blockbuster medication. It was a long-lasting narcotic that helped patients suffering from moderate to severe pain. It has reportedly generated some thirty-five billion dollars in revenue for Purdue! The opioid crisis story was aired on CBS' 60-minutes around October 2017.
Apparently, when he went for a root-canal his dentist in the end prescribed Vicodin and the prescription was for 10 days to be used 4 times a day! He says that many adults don't use it and they just leave these unused meds in the medicine cabinet within easy reach for teenagers! Many people go for open house tours of homes and search all medicine cabinets for such prescriptions & sell these opioids or use it for their own addiction! Real estate agents have a protocol to inform all sellers to remove any medications from their cabinets prior to any open house sessions.
April 28th happens to be "Take Back Drug Day" when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sets up collection centers to take back all unused medications. It is strongly recommended to take unused meds to these centers instead of dumping into the flush as it can pollute the waters. He says many people shun treatments due to shame and embarrassment. Family & friends support is critical to get an addict under control. Apparently, every addict impacts at least 7 family members and friends in their circle of influence!
DMSB member and doctor Gary Schneiderman suggest the book "Crooked: Outwitting The Back Pain Industry ..." as a remarkable book that talks about the opioid addiction. The book is available on Amazon.
Confidential Recovery is an organized started by Duane to treat such patients that are addicted to opioids. They provide a medically supervised DETOX process. They also conduct mindfulness training. He says that majority of his patients are females that are traumatized due to sexual abuse and end up taking opioids for treatments. Similarly, he sees a large population of doctors and police officers, who are subject to heavy stress environments.
Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Duane that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
Charles Foster explains his role as the Public Relations Chair. Some of his KEY tasks are --
  1. Provide photos and articles for publishing in local newspapers and magazines.
  2. Has been doing this for over 10 years and taking pictures of important events, speakers, etc. until Sanjiv took over the photos and blogging on web site.
  3. He says that our club has been taking and publishing more photos and articles compared to the Del Mar club.
  4. Also works on planning and preparing early literatures for the annual Bocce fundraising event.
1. Why did you choose that position? He doesn't know :-).  Said it suits his interests.
2. How would you improve it? Follow Jan's example on keeping a log book with details.
Susan Hennenfent and Suzanne Sutton updated us about the preparations for the Rotarians At Work Day on April 28, 2018 in Tijuana. They plan to construct a house for a single mother with kids. Susan and Suzanne went out shopping with the family to buy the essentials. The family had no idea what a mattress pad was for and were very excited to get into their new home.
Ken announced the presentation of 2 new BLUE BADGES for the Red badgers Gary Schneiderman and Molly Fleming :-).
Kevin Cahill delivered his "What I Do" talk and described his role as Youth Chair in the Youth Exchange RYLA program and Model UN programs.
Following that we had Julie Marner from Burundi International talk about her various projects of teaching English to the young and the old in Burundi. Julie Marner is the Executive Director of Burundi Friends International (BFI), a San Diego based non-profit working to reduce extreme poverty in Burundi, East Africa. Julie oversees BFI's programming, funding and implementation of projects.
Her love for Burundi grew in 2011 when she taught English at Light University. With no resources except a blackboard and a piece of chalk, Julie taught English Communication to 70 college students for 4 hours each day and since then, her passion to create more opportunities for Burundians hasn't stopped. Julie's other career is as a musician having played at local churches for the past 20 years. 
She talked about helping the poor Burundian students of middle school and high school to teach English in schools so that they can advance to colleges and universities in and outside Burundi. There are about 500,000 orphans in Burundi. It costs about $1000 per student per year of college. The Del Mar Rotary club has initiated a $55,000 grant for shipping English text books to Burundi schools. BFI now has over 3000 volunteer teachers. The number of BFI clubs and students have increased significantly since 2011 as seen in about charts.
More information can be found at Burundi International.
Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Julie that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
William (Bill) Lawrence has served as Executive Director of the San Diego History Center since February 2016 after joining the History Center in July 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the History Center Bill’s professional career spanned three decades with the KFMB Stations (KFMB-TV, AM & FM), providing a “front row seat” to the history being made in our region. For more than a decade Bill was also an adjunct faculty member of Southwestern Community College having taught broadcast writing, photography and production.
He gave an excellent talk about the various artifacts and collections that he has accumulated at the SD History Center. The original name was San Diego History Society, which later changed to San Diego History Center. He said there are about 45 million documents in their collection and one priceless document they found 7 years ago was a document signed by Abraham Lincoln using his full signature as shown below!
He also distributed some interesting pictures to club members based on who could answer some puzzles :-). He had pictures of the demolition of an ancient victorian tower from 1914, and the picture of Lucy & Ricky (from the Here's Lucy television show) enjoying the horse races at the Del Mar racetrack.
He added that they have about 2.5 million photos, 17,000 objects and a special diary of Victoria Jacobs, who wrote her life story in it but died during child birth. In the end he mentioned about a big dinner/reception event on April 21st called the "Makers of San Diego History". Tickets can be purchased at the link above.
The public viewing timings for the History Center are from Wed to Fri from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. During other days the public can setup appointments. More information can be found at
Since Bill Sutton is on vacation. Vicky Mallett was the substitute club President today and awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Bill that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
Paul Butler gave a detailed outline of his role as the Foundation Chair (FC). He said he loves it so much that he will be the Foundation Chair next year also :-). He showed Jan Parsons' USB drive that had all the information that Jan collected during her role as FC. Some of his KEY tasks are --
  1. Monitor and make sure the club is still in the EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) category - minimum $25  donation from every member.
  2. Send out emails to all members about the various awards, such as Paul Harris, EREY, etc.
  3. Present the Paul Harris pin and award to all members that contribute $1,000 or more each year.
  4. Mail all the checks back to Chicago office.
  5. Get all the reports online about the various awards and inform all members.
  6. Attend the Foundation seminar in fall.
  7. Deposit all the checks collected for Bocce to the Bocce account.
  8. Club's current cash balance is $52,000 after donating $25k towards the Solutions for Change van.
1. Why did you choose that position? He chose that since he saw Charles and Jan do this and wanted to follow their footsteps :-).
2. How would you improve it? Bringing some videos to show to the club and motivate other members.
Susan Hennenfent showed pictures of DMSB's recognition on the Solutions for Change delivery van. Our club donated $25,000 towards the purchase of the van.
She also announced that Reality Changers has selected our Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club to participate in the Malin Burnham Awards as a 2018 honoree for the "Reality Changers 100" - an elite group of San Diego leaders and organizations that have changed the reality of San Diego and are most emblematic of Malin Burnham's motto of "Community Before Self."
** Winners will be determined by online voting so we need all members' & freinds' help. 
Please go to the following
Vote once a day in the category "Most-Admired Service Organization" until April 26th.   Please also post it on your social media sites and invite your friends and families to vote for us.  
In addition to voting, join us on May 8th at UCSD to learn who has won the award for Most-Admired Service Organization in San Diego by purchasing tickets to the award ceremony.  100% of proceeds will support students at Reality Changers. 
Malcolm gave a quick update on Bocctoberfest. He said that the venue contract has been signed and that the date is Sunday September 30, 2018 at the Surf Cup Sports Park. His budget for this year is $85K but to net $65K.
Jan announced about the wonderful honor being bestowed on our own George Sousa, who was picked to be an Honor Flight recipient for his service in the Korean War. He will be flying with 80 other WWII and Korean veterans on a charter jet to Washington DC where he will be wined and dined and treated with great honor & respect as they visit various DC memorials from May 4-6. Jan has emailed more details to all members. George knows of his selection.
Finally, I received some pictures form Bill & Suzanne Sutton after they attended the RIGA International Rotary club in Riga, which is the capital of Latvia. They had wonderful lunch there and exchanged the club flags.
April 7th & 8th was a grand Model UN conference that Kevin & his student volunteer team put together with great success. Sanjiv Prabhakaran was the MUN advisor for the team sponsored by DMSB - Sophia Sugarman from Canyon Crest Academy and Lauren Degner from Mt. Carmel High. The event was held at the Joan Kroc Institute of Peace & Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego. The meeting was kicked off by Kevin Cahill, Youth Chair at DMSB, Andy Blum, the Executive Director at IPJ, and Scott Carr, the District Governor for San Diego Rotary District 5340.
There were 98 students (49 teams) representing 49 different countries. Each team had 2 students, one researching on Resolution #1 (to include Palestine as a member of the United Nations) and the other researching on Resolution #2 (to protect the oceans from plastic waste). The students went through 2 days of speech presentations, amendments to the resolutions, caucus meetings, etc. In the process they establish new friendships, learn about team collaboration, negotiations and the process of reaching consensus.
Saturday night was a dinner banquet where the parents and guests were invited to attend a keynote talk by Kevin M. Kennedy, former U.N. Assistant Secretary General and a grand dinner. This was followed by an emergency news alert about Russia hacking elections in other countries and that they are launching attach on Kurdistan, that was actually a mock news item presented by Channel 8 News as an exercise for the students to go into caucus and find a peaceful resolution to that situation.
Next day the students all met to review the amendments and cast the final vote on each resolution. It took about 2 hours of deliberation on resolution-1 but resolution-2 was quickly passed as there was major agreement on that ocean cleanup issue.
Finally, we had the "Thank You" talk by Kevin and many students and the Secretary General. And then the secretary generals gave out funny award certificates to each student based on their behavior during the various sessions. Sophia received the award that she would throw her shoe at anyone to make her point and Lauren was the person who would bribe people with fortune cookies. And finally the conference ended with the group taking a good and funny picture :-).
Ev Meade is Director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, where he leads certificate programs in peace building and human rights in the areas of Mexico most affected by the drug war, and directs the Trans-Border Opportunities Certificate Program, a field-based introduction to the politics, places, people, and products that define the U.S.-Mexico border.  Before coming to USD in 2014, Dr. Meade was a professor in the History Department and co-founder of the Human Rights Program at UC San Diego.  Dr. Meade served as an expert witness in immigration courts across the country, in dozens of asylum cases involving Mexican nationals fleeing the current wave of violence.  He regularly briefs U.S. law enforcement and foreign service officers on country conditions in Mexico and he is a frequent Op-Ed contributor on related issues. He delivered a highly charged and motivational talk about the peace building process in violence ridden states of Mexico.
His childhood roots are from the Mexican state of Sinaloa (the place of notorious El Chappo), which ranks 30 out of 31 with regards to violence. He says that there is a huge gap between the positive and negative peace factor. According to Ev, foreigners are not targeted in these places. Executions are usually tied to gang-related or to extract information or to keep some secrets silent.
He promotes and teaches the "I Am Somebody" principles that was originally started by Jesse Jackson back in 1972. The key principles are, Recognition, Positive Support and Integration. He encourages people to visit Mexico since it is one of the financial powerhouses for the Spanish world and is one of the 15th wealthiest countries. Every other week he takes 10-15 students into one of these problematic states so that his students can experience first-hand process of peace building.
He is on the board of 7 different organizations, such as, one that prevents violence in agricultural communities, another one that collects testimonies & narratives of life in contemporary Culiacán, one for developing secure and effective mechanisms to document and report abuses of power, etc. In the end stand-in President Jan Parsons presented Ev with the Joshua School donation certificate that represents donation of school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
The Model UN event is this coming weekend (April 7 & 8) and so we had the team sponsored by our club give their speeches as a practice session for their real speeches this weekend. Sophia Sugarman from Canyon Crest HS prepared her research on the resolution #2 about reducing the ocean pollution and Lauren Degner from Mt. Carmel High presented her research on the resolution #1 about including Palestine as a member of the United Nations. Sophia was accompanied by her dad Scott Sugarman, who is a veteran Model UN advisor and advised students for many years. Lauren was accompanied by her mother Carol Degner. Both students gave excellent speeches and were ready for the MUN conference.
We had a guest today from the El Segundo club (Shannon Majid). She was attending an Auto show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and decided to drop in at our meeting.
Then we had Sanjiv Prabhakaran give his "What I Do" talk. He is responsible for the weekly Programming and maintaining the website blogs. He said his key strategy on program speakers is to find people from the local newspapers, from other events that he attends and referrals from various club members. He starts to communicate with the speakers well in advance and get their date commitments and find out how flexible they are to switch at a short notice in case the next speaker is sick or needs to change dates. He uses an email template to request all necessary information from the speakers well in advance. He tried to book speakers 3-4 months in advance. At this point he has all slots filled until middle of August 2018.
As far as the web site he takes down brief notes at the events and few pics and writes up the blogs soon after the event so there is a record of each event and it helps to spread the story to new potential members.
1. Why did you choose that position? He loves meeting new people and understanding their passion of projects that they can share with our members. As far as website since he is technical he enjoys that stuff.
2. How would you improve it? By looking for new ways to integrate Bocce website with auction site and attract more passionate speakers to come and talk.
Since 1997, Greg Snaer has been a vibrant part of the TERI Family. Starting as an instructor at the Learning Academy, he has since worked and led many programs and initiatives at TERI, leaving an indelible mark on each one. Greg has weaved his passion for artistic expression into launching art, music, theatre, and yoga programs at TERI. Greg’s belief in Collective Impact is evident in his work with legacy planning and his passion and involvement in helping the community to connect with people with special needs.
“When not working he enjoys: community projects, yoga, musical performance, outdoor activities, and family life.”
Matthew Anderson started his career with TERI in 2014 at The Learning Academy, one of TERI’s Non-Public Schools. After a few years working in direct programming and behavioral support services, he chose to pursue an opportunity working in development. Matthew has a deep passion for serving individuals with special needs and their families, and looks forward to the completion of TERI’s Campus of Life! Matthew holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Concordia University Chicago and is an IALQ certified Special Needs Life Quality Coach.
“When not working he enjoys: camping, volunteering at church, hiking, traveling with his wife, playing music, and a good cup of tea!”
They showed a video that described TERI's program. According to Greg, 1 out 5 kids are in the special needs spectrum and need some help in coping with day-to-day activities. TERI is building a "Campus of Life" center on a 20-acre plot in Sam Marcos. The Equestrian is already operational and the kids love this as it soothes and calms their nerves when they touch these animals & ride on them. At their current location, TERI has about 12 resident homes where they house such challenged kids, they have day programs and 2 children schools. The new location is a $45 Million project and they need about $20 Million more to complete the campus.
In the end they invited the entire club to visit their facilities in Oceanside and see these kids in action. Bill Sutton at the end presented Greg with the Malawi Joshua School certificate where DMSB donates school supplies on behalf of the speaker's name.
Malcolm Koll comes back with a beard after visiting Norway to see the Northern Lights :-). He will be the new co-chair for Bocce along with Bill Sutton. The date has been finalized for Sep 29 and 30 at the east end of the Surf Cup Sports Park. He gave a quick vision of how the Bocce event is going to be re-organized this time with more fun by bringing in a theme of Oktoberfest and hence registered the name Bocctoberfest as the new theme. His goal is to raise over $100,000 within 3 years. Charles and Molly talked about their Marketing and Sales approach and how they need every member to participate. Sanjiv and Charlotte briefed about the approach to Auction, Raffles and other forms of income-generating ideas.
Then we had Jon Fish give a quick briefing about his role as the Treasurer and his past role as Bocce Chair.
As Treasurer he has to make sure he tallies up all the "Happy Dollars" collected at each event, the Polio funds and Fines. He has to reconcile the Del Mar and San Diego foundation accounts. He manages all the finance and tax related work. He gets some reconciling bank accounts and verification help from a consultant (Michelle), who gets paid $75/month. 
As Bocce Chair he had to coordinate all sub-committees, manage getting all volunteers, find the field and negotiate the prices, arrange all the staffing and other miscellaneous tasks.
1. Why did you choose that position? He loves finance and has been doing it for a long time.
2. How would you improve it? By adding credit card payments instead of checks.
This was a packed event since we had a special guest today - Ildiko Tesak. She is a dear friend of the club and our members have worked with her on projects in El Salvador. She arrived with a cast on her left hand due to broken fingers from a tennis game!
Jan Parsons kicked off the event with her "What I Do" talk. Her primary tasks as the Secretary of the club are to create the minutes of board meetings, log into the ClubRunner site and track all attendances, track the status of members, track the monies collected, such as, Polio funds, Happy Dollars, Fines, etc.
1. Why did I choose this position: By force from previous secretary :-).
2. How would I improve it? Nothing to improve as of now. Process is good.
Then we had a talk by our honorary guest Ildiko Tesak about her work and accomplishments in El Salvador. It seems she is always traveling there with armed guards. Amazing presentation about the armed trafficking, corruption of police that led to more gangs, etc. People are not allowed to move out of the community without permission from the gang's leader. Ildiko has worked with these gangs and convinced them to allow her NGO to work with the community and provide basic essential medical and other services, such as, psychological counseling, group therapy, etc. to these communities. Her NGO provides weekly visits for the children to dental clinics, etc.
We also had District Governor Scott Carr as our guest today and he awarded Ildiko with a special "People of Action" award for all her exceptional services. Usually this is reserved for 1 award each year but he made an exception this year.
Finally, we had a wonderful talk by Community Advisor Phil Kendro.  He is a trusted San Diego leader with proven track record in cross-functional team leadership, networking, business development, marketing, veteran mentorship, communications, public relations, aviation and ground operations, executive program and project management, social and historical media. 
He is a transitioned 20 years Marine Corps veteran.  He has lived all over the U.S. and the world (Virginia, Florida, Mississippi, Arizona, Texas, Okinawa Japan) and multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar and more. His specialty was as a pilot, but he also had multiple years of experience in aviation operations, safety and risk mitigation, community relations, forward air controller, and more.
He has been in San Diego almost a decade, leading some of the largest events in the United States. Planning, narrating and entertaining audiences of 10K-500K+ at the Miramar Air Show, Seattle Air Fair, Air Show San Diego, San Diego Fleet Week, Concourse D'Elegance, and the Centennial of Naval Aviation (largest flyover of San Diego since World War Two). His key strengths are in strategic thinking, communications, public speaking, and positive energy during high-risk and high-visibility operations. He is also an executive global pilot with experience in dozens of aircraft. You have a plane?  He can fly it.
His Gallup StrengthsFinder includes: Strategic, Communication, Futuristic, Context and WOO (Winning Others Over). He is very active in mentoring vets in transition. His one request to the audience was that if any veteran reached out to connect on LinkedIn then to please connect and spend few minutes on a call or chat over coffee. He started a Veterans Beer Club with 4 other friends - a grassroots organization - in 2015 and has now grown to over 1300!
He is on the board of trustees at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. He said that on Memorial Day May 28th there is a large event at Mt. Soledad Memorial from 2-3 pm and there will be a special keynote speaker. He invited all the members and guests to attend that event.
President-elect Ken Barrett presented the "virtual" Joshua-Malawi certificate to Phil. The certificate honors the speaker with a contribution of supplies to schools in Malawi.
Ken Barrett gave a brief overview of the Bocce committee's findings and the overall decision to continue Bocce fund-raising with some new twists -- a concept of Bocctoberfest ... 
Ken then gave some details of what his role is as the "President-elect". Key role is to attend the PETS training conference and drink lots of "Koolaid" :-). His answers to the two questions were ...
1. Why did you choose this role? It was essentially coercion he says :-). But primarily it is to help his kids understand the concepts of service.
2. How would you improve it? Learn from others at PETS and promote and implement those ideas at our club.
Following that we had a very informative talk by Kevin Glynn about cross-border Tuberculosis (TB) crisis.  Kevin is a retired pulmonary physician, former medical director of respiratory care at Scripps Mercy, and a member of Rotary for 17 years and is on the Rotary District 5340 Immunization Committee. A native of Chicago, he graduated from Northwestern University Medical School, and completed residency at the University of Michigan.
When he learned of the plight of the homeless in Baja with tuberculosis, and their connection to TB in the U. S., he decided to join a bi-national coalition working to alleviate this problem. Rotary Clubs are a potential resource in this campaign.  In 2017 he published Gasping For Air, a book on how our breathing is killing us and what we can do about it.
As per Kevin, TB spreads from droplets of cough and the bacteria in these droplets spreads and kills tissues in the lungs and other parts of our body. Some stay dormant forever. The U.S. does not recommend any vaccine since it is very rare in the U.S. However, many Asian and other countries have been providing TB vaccine shots and hence the skin tests many times indicate a positive test but the chest x-ray will confirm it as negative because these bacteria stay dormant.
He says that San Diego is seeing some cases primarily due to the transient population form Mexico. It seems that Imperial county has the highest cases - almost 17 per 100,ooo people. However, Baja has 57/100K. 40% of the cases in San Diego has connection to the border traffic. Hence the goal is to reduce the cases in Baja and other parts of Mexico to prevent those cases from reaching San Diego.
His key project now is to fund a clinic in Tijuana called Las Memorias where patients stay for 18 months and get treatment. His plan is to add 30 more TB patients there and hire more staff to follow-up with these patients. They need about $450,000 over the next 3 years. He is collaborating with our club members Venky and Herb to initiate a grant.
Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary club celebrated its 25th anniversary today. Our distinguished guests included Mayor Ginger Marshall of Solana Beach and Deputy Mayor David Druker of Del Mar. We had many past club members also come and celebrate with us at the Del Mar Hilton hotel. Our own club member Phil Campanelli, who is the manager of the hotel, made excellent arrangements. The photos I took did not come out that well due to the dark settings. However, these pictures will jog some memories anyway :-).
The DJ was great and lots of dancing went around. Many members danced away until mid-night!
We kicked off the meeting today with Bill Sutton & Gary Schneider giving a quick update on their meeting with the Stand Down committee for helping Veterans. The next Stand Down event will be in the end of June.
Then Steve Weitzen spoke about the roles & responsibilities of an Assistant Governor (AG) in the Rotary club. Some of the key points he mentioned are as follows:
  1. There are 65 clubs in our district and those are managed by 16 AGs.
  2. Steve has to monitor 6 of those clubs including our DMSB club.
  3. One has to serve as President of a club in order to qualify as an AG.
  4. He has to setup a time to talk at each of the 6 clubs once or twice each quarter.
  5. He needs to make sure there are potential Presidents and President-elects at each club by Dec 31st.
  6. Report to the Governor about memberships, challenges, etc. for each of his clubs.
His responses to two questions:
1. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS ROLE: He was chosen by Janice Kurth, who was the Governor at that time.
2. WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE THIS ROLE: He says, it cannot be better than this :-).
Following this we had a wonderful talk by Charlotte Fan, North County Area Manager for Meals on Wheels. They provide meals for senior citizens over 60 years of age. She came from Taipei Taiwan in 1982 and has a master’s degree in Community/Social Psychology. She joined Meals on Wheels 19 years ago and continues to serve as the North County Manager coordinating over 500 clients and 700 volunteers. Charlotte is married with 4 grown children- a dentist, a speech language therapist, a registered nurse, and a student graduating soon from the pharmacy school at UCSF. One of Charlotte’s favorite pastimes is eating. Some people like to cook and Charlotte likes to eat and Charlotte would like to make sure our seniors eat well and age well at home.
Clients sign up for proper nutrition, to socialize and to ensure safety in the home environment. They have delivered over 18 million meals to date. They have been in service for 58 years now. They pride themselves in ensuring healthy meals are delivered and they make sure when meals are delivered that the client's environment is safe and clean. They check the client's home and refrigerator to make sure the food is not piling up and no unhealthy signs in the home. If they see any issues they report it to the appropriate authorities or family members.
New clients are welcomed with a bag full of goodies as shown above. Some clients make fancy items, such as kitchen trivets, etc. One trivet was made by a client/volunteer Rachel Reed from Del Mar and Molly Fleming at our club received it as a gift at the end for answering a question that Charlotte popped up.
Meals on Wheels also celebrates client's birthdays and major events, such as, Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, etc. with special treats for clients. The above gift box is delivered to clients on their birthdays. It has many useful items, such as, mittens, bath items, etc.
The primary qualification to receive a meal is that the client needs to be over 60 years and opt for at least 3 weekday deliveries. The cost is very reasonable at $4 per meal and $7 for 2 meals/day. They provide special discounts for veterans and financially stressed clients. More details can be found on their website at MEALS ON WHEELS. Information on how to volunteer or donate funds can be seen on their site.
Erika Katayama, the Exhibits Director at San Diego Museum of Man (SDMoM) revealed the story of the PostSecret Exhibit that is about to open at SDMoM on April 14, 2018. It all started in November 2004 with the founder Frank Warren distributing some 3000 self-addressed post cards on the streets of Washington D.C. He has a wonderful TED Talk video here - TED-Frank Warren. Erika was accompanied by Claudia Ehrlich, Chief Development Officer and another new employee Brandie Macdonald, Director of Education and Public Engagement.
The postcard had simple instructions on one side and blank on the other side. The idea was for people to share some secret anonymously that they never told anyone. It gradually started to spread like wildfire and he has collected over half million secrets and it keeps growing. According to Frank, it connects people to their deepest humanity and strong emotional feelings are expressed in keeping and releasing secrets. San Diego's SDMoM was chosen as the site to create the first exhibit of all these secrets. Brandie pointed out that one of the cards from a Barista at a Starbucks was extremely funny. It said, "I give Decaf to customers who are rude to me." :-)
The above picture is an artist's rendering of how the exhibit will appear at the SDMoM. There will be 2 live performances by Frank Warren at the Old Globe on Monday April 2nd. Frank has published 10 books and he still gets these postcards.
Erika invited our club for a private tour of the exhibit so that our members can make this into a social event. 
We kicked off the meeting with Bill Sutton our President explain his role as a President. He said his job is easy since he just delegates it all to the rest of the board members and he heads off to the beach :-). Jokes aside, it is a key role to make sure the club functions as per the guidelines laid out by Rotary International. Some of the key tasks are -
  1. Ensure that the club's board members are aware of their duties and that they get the help needed to perform their duties.
  2. Make sure that the Red badgers (new members) move on to become Blue badgers (confirmed members). 
  3. Facilitate the various board meetings.
Then we had a walk-in guest from the Tully Rotary Club (District 9550) of Queensland in Australia. His name was Alan-Frank Vechhio. He was in Del Mar with his wife to attend a dog show at the Fairgrounds. He has been president twice, treasurer 4, secretary 3, held many directorships over the last 19 years in rotary. He is also the past assistant district governor. Alan owns a computer company (Tully Computers) in Australia.
He had a special challenge for the Fine Master & President. He brought a bottle of Vegemite (a popular toast spread in Australia) and challenged the fine master & President to eat a vegemite toast or pay a fine :-). They decided to eat it :-).
He also reminded all of us that today is the 113th birthday of Rotary International. The club was formed by Paul Harris on February 23, 1905.
Carly is a native of Redding, California, where she aspired to a life of service at a young age while watching her mother's community leadership through the Redding East Rotary. Carly attended the University of California, Davis where she played intercollegiate volleyball and graduated with a dual Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Communications. Carly began her career with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation in 2007, co-launching the national endurance program, Team Challenge, then taking the helm as Executive Director in San Diego in 2011. As per Wikipedia, the foundation was founded in 1965. Carly resides in Solana Beach with her husband, sons Jack and Travis, and Labrador Retriever, Zack. She is a proud Paul Harris Fellow.
She spoke about the serious issue of Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's disease faced by almost 1.6 million Americans. Both are different forms of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs). It seems high stress life in kids taking various AP classes, after-school sports and other activities leads to these IBDs. Almost 5 million people world-side are affected. It affects men & women equally. There are big clusters now appearing in fast developing countries, such as, China and India.
Then we had Megan Nicholson, who was a patient suffering from severe Ulcerative Colitis, talk about her harrowing experience with the disease. She got affected when she was traveling to Norway with a Tahitian dance company at the age of 25. She suffered tremendously for 3 years and went through 14 different procedures and a dozen different medications and treatments and finally now she has been in remission for almost a year! Until her disease returns one day, and it most likely will, she is doing all she can to spread awareness about Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis to help raise funds in order to continue the search for cures.
Finally Megan mentioned about how they raise funds via various charity events, marathons, hikes, etc. The foundation has invested almost $300 million since inception. Just last year in 2017 the foundation invested almost $1.2 million in many San Diego institutions, such as, Salk Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, UCSD, etc., for research on cures.
Julie migrated to the U.S. when she was 3 years old. She was part of the chain immigration via her uncle. Her dad was an engineer and later opened a coffee shop in City of Industry near Los Angeles. Her dad worked on some projects at the Getty Museum near Hollywood. Julie joked that he would go there not to look at the art, but to look at the building architecture :-).
She went to UCLA to do Political Science and later did her MBA from UCI. She had the opportunity to be an intern in Washington D.C. and work with Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown. Career-wise she has been in supply chain logistics. She is married to Scott and have two wonderful kids - Shawnie and Shane.
She got inspired to join Rotary from her early days when she received a scholarship for a 4-way test Rotary contest. She has been involved in Rotary for many years now and has participated in several community projects. 
One of the big challenges in life was to swim. She was paranoid but one of her best friends went with her for 6 months and eventually Julie was confident in swimming. When in Fiji she had the opportunity to go under-water to see wild life and got to swim with the sharks! That was the ultimate of conquering the fear of water.
MORNING RITUAL: Get her coffee, check computer and news.
BIG BILLBOARD SIGN: With change comes opportunity.
We had a good group of over 10 volunteers from our club along with some family & friends that helped package and clean food at the Feeding San Diego center in Sorrento Valley. In the 2 hours that we spent there, it seems we created 3600 bags filled with apples, pasta, etc. We also cleaned up several thousand pounds of brussels sprouts.
Feeding San Diego has only 42 employees and manages the entire operation with hundreds of volunteers. They have a very efficient system to register and co-ordinate volunteers online and are always looking for more volunteers.
Today we had Del Mar's former mayor Mr. Richard Earnest present an exciting talk about the string of pearls built around the Pacific Rim as part of the Pacific Rim Park Project. He is a graduate of the Naval Academy and became a fighter pilot in Vietnam. He spent 30 years in the tech industry, running 6 different public and private firms as CEO. He also served as City Council member in Del Mar for 14 years and Mayor three times. He is still working and helping a company that builds inflatable air supported greenhouses.
String of Pearls is a very ambitions project with the goal to build small parks that face the Pacific Ocean in various countries around the Pacific. The major criteria is that students from various countries build these parks during summer breaks. The hosting country will provide all the accommodation and food. Their goal is to build 41 parks and 7 have been built so far. One of the key project founder is James Hubbell - the famous artist from Santa Ysabel, CA. James provides all the art design.
These parks are built within 30 days and involves tremendous coordination between the students and the hosting country. It provides these students with a great opportunity to connect with different cultures via art. The primary theme is to have an object that resembles a pearl in all the parks. They recently built a park in China last year and later found out that the government demolished it for some other construction and no one was informed! The Park Rim organization finally located another spot and will be building that this July.
They see that the students lean a lot of team-building skills and communicating with them via art since most of them don't know each other's languages! In one case a Mexican student met a Japanese student and they fell in love and got married and recently had a child. So, Richard says that this project creates more than art!
Richard is very passionate about these projects and works on raising the necessary funds to send these kids all around the world. It seems that Jim Hubbell , who is 88 yrs old is still very active and visits every site that is being built.
We started the meeting with a surprise Paul Harris award by Paul Butler. This time the winner was Gary Schneiderman!
Congratulations to Gary!
Art provided a wonderful memory trail of pictures.  His main punch line is to help others. His father is from Mexico, who married a German born on an 8-acre farm in Staten Island. Art later moved to Washington D.C. and Boston. At one point he wanted to be a pianist and then a rock star, but eventually ended up as a Pathologist scanning through films for cancer cells. He now works at Sharp Hospital.
During his young adult ages of 21 to 24 years he had the opportunity to travel across the globe and visit many countries. At one point he was chasing a girl he met all the way to Teheran, who eventually dumped him :-). He finally married his high-school sweetheart, who also is a pathologist. They have a son, but then eventually had a cordial divorce (without attorneys) and they still work together and see each other at work!
He later married Tina Ziainia on Jan 1, 2011 on the beach in Del Mar. They now have a little girl also. He loves to travel and keeps visiting many countries and hence misses many Rotary meetings!
MORNING RITUAL: Go for a run sometimes, then a double espresso and read NY Times or WSJ.
BIG BILLBOARD SIGN: A quote by Ernst Friedrich "Fritz" Schumacher - "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
Today's meeting started with a surprise announcement by Paul Butler! He had two 2nd level Paul Harris pins for two amazing members of our club - Bill and Suzanne Sutton!
Then we had Lizz Lang present a wonderful story about how she got inspired with art and to help people and business with the art of installing art pieces from their life. Lizz's mom was very instrumental in inspiring her with art. Lizz’s Mom (Norma Benjamin) began the Cedros Design District back in 1980! The Belly Up Tavern owner, David Hodges (now deceased) agreed to rent out his quonset huts to artists and artisans as her Mom promised him “this is a great area for an art community” - and we now know it to be that & more!!  Her Mom is still kicking at 90 and lives with Lizz & Raul in Escondido. 
Lizz started a framing studio in San Diego on Morena Blvd. to transform and re-install art and later sold that shop in 1986 to a new owner, who still runs it at the same location. She then moved to LA and got married to a laser artist and got more involved in art installations. One of her scariest story was when they were doing an installation at a Beverly HIlls home. The home owner wanted to install a full size pic of his wife and the installer accidentally drilled through the picture and it happened to be right where his wife's belly button was :-(. The owner got so mad that he drew his gun from his holster and started yelling to get Lizz out of his home. Later Lizz managed to come back with her mother and fix the picture and completed the installation.
She later met Raul and that was instant love and they got married and moved back to San Diego in 1991,. They did many art installations in Japan, Portugal, Dubai, etc. They also had 6 opportunities at Super Bowl half-times. At Super-Bowl they get just 7 minutes to setup the stage with all the props and electronics. They also had the great opportunity to meet with celebrities, such as, Phil Nickelson, Tony Gwyn, Junior Seau, etc.
Her favorite job was the art installation at Tony Gwyn's home. Apparently Tony just gave her all the trophies, awards, memorabilias, etc. and told Lizz to just set it up in the best way she can imagine. It took Lizz an entire week to arrange it all over his home. Needless to say, he was thrilled after the work. Their biggest success story is that they have recently been selected as a primary vendor by Ethan Allen for art installations. They have started working with 5 Ethan Allen stores helping their clients with all the art installations. Their tag line is "Show up and do a good job!"
Sanjiv shared some interesting snippets of his life from India to USA. He was born in the state of Kerala, southern part of India. He grew up in the busy city of Bombay (now known as Mumbai). After his high-school and B.S. in Electrical Engineering he headed to Columbus, Ohio in 1981 and completed his Masters in Electrical/Digital Computers from Ohio State University. He later moved to the Bay area in 1986 and spent 14 years there working for 3 different companies in the areas of imaging and GPS fleet tracking technologies. Later in mid 2000 he moved to San Diego to pursue new opportunities and ended up at a real estate software company in downtown San Diego to revamp their technology platform.
He has a wonderful family with wife Rema, two daughters (Shikha & Megha) and finally a son (Kavin) was added to their family via Shikha's marriage in 2017. The other big event in 2017 was Megha's acceptance to USC for her graduate program in Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Sanjiv is also involved in humanitarian projects with San Diego Futures Foundation, Rotary and a group in India called the Ottapalam Welfare Trust (OWT). OWT helps paraplegic & quadriplegic patients to gain skills so they can lead an independent life via training, physical therapy and financial support. One such quadriplegic patient is Ajay (shown above), who met with a tragic train accident and still exudes optimism and a big smile all the time. He trained himself to use his voice to control the computer and be able to edit & create Word and Excel documents. He inspires many young kids and trains these youngsters with computer skills.
FAV MOVIE: Glengarry Glen Ross with Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, etc.
MORNING RITUAL: Glass of warm water, check urgent messages on phone, Yoga, b'fast with WSJ
BIG BILLBOARD SIGN: Keep Smiling Always!
Kevin Cahill kicked off the early morning training session for the 18th Model UN program. 49 teams will be participating this year and we had over 120 people in attendance with 90% of the students plus some parents and advisors for each team. The meeting was held at the Canyon Crest Academy's (CCA) Media Center. We had challenges with the heat and lighting but the enthusiasm in the room was so high that people didn't worry about the lack of heat despite a cold morning. We were greeted with hot coffee, croissants, bagels and muffins.
Kevin started off by welcoming the participants and highlighting the theme this year to be "Collaboration Mode". He said that this year we have teams from Mexico and Costa Rica also. the final competition date will be on April 7 and 8, 2018 at the University of San Diego campus. He introduced the Secretariat team as Yasmine Sadoudi (from San Diego H.S.) and Renata Valente (from SDSU). Yasmine has participated in few Model UN competitions in the past.
There will be 2 resolutions to be debated this year:
RESOLUTION-1: This will be about United Nations membership for Palestine. This was created by Yasmine and the topic will be interesting as it will be a discussion about adding a new country to the United Nations.
RESOLUTION-2: This will be about protecting our oceans from all the micro plastic pollution. The primary culprits are countries, such as, China, Vietnam, and Thailand,
Kevin then briefly touched on the agenda for the Saturday and Sunday of the event. There will be a grand dinner banquet on Sat April 7, 2018 for the participants and advisors. There will also be a surprise event at the end of that dinner :-). Kevin also talked about some key strategies for the competition and some of the common research tools to be used. Following that, Yasmine delivered a short training on Negotiation Skills.
In the end, Kevin announced the countries that were assigned to each team via a lottery system. The team sponsored by our club consists of two students from CCA - Sophia Sugarman (senior) and Sabrina Soffer (sophomore).  Our team received CHINA as their country.
Sophia attended the event with her grandmother.
Our speaker Desmond Wheatley from Envision Solar presented a passionate presentation about how we can make our world cleaner, greener and healthier and put more dollars back in our revenue stream by using renewable and stored energy.
His photos provided many examples of how we can efficiently store energy from the sun at economical costs and use whenever we need it. 
Looks like Ken ran out of (or lost) the Speaker Certificates and hence is presenting a "virtual" certificate to Desmond :-).
Venky did a very interesting "Who Am I". He graduated with a B.S. in Engineering in 1960 in India. He got married in 1970 to Meera and ended up in Los Angeles to go to USC for a Masters in Structural Engineering. Eventually they both ended up working at General Atomics in San Diego.
He shared photos of his two children, grandchildren and four sisters who also came to the US from India. He and his entire family have a very impressive academic background. Venky has worked at GA for over 40 years! He received an engineering award from President Obama in 2016 and he had a nice photoshop of President Trump done by his son :-).
Favorite movie: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Morning Ritual: Read paper and have breakfast.
Big Billboard: Help the Under-privileged in the World.
Today's "Who Am I" talk was by one of our long-time member Jan Parsons. Since our featured speaker was sick she had ample time to delve into her story. It was fun and exciting to hear her early entry into Rotary at age 16. She received a letter from the local Rotary club and that inspired her to get involved. She grew up with skiing being a big part of her life. Once she received a 6-month pass to Europe and she skied all over Europe and tried to live on $10 per day! Lunch was usually candy bar & beer :-). She would stay at places where dinner and breakfast were free.
Then she got married and stayed in Morocco for 2 years. Did her Bachelors in Business. Then in 1989 joined Securities Pacific Bank, which later merged with Bank of America. Around that time she got re-introduced to Rotary. She was with BoA for 27 years. She retired on April Fool's Day :-). She loves the arts, classical music and travel.
FAVORITE MOVIE: It's a Wonderful Life - A 1946 American Christmas Fantasy comedy-drama.
MORNING RITUALS: Get her coffee, do some reading, grab the news, play Sudoku.
WHAT WILL HER BIG BILLBOARD SIGN SAY: Love is all you need and God is love!
Lou Oberman mentioned about Convention of States - requesting all to sign up at
Ken Barrett talked briefly about Bocce meeting on Monday Jan 15th at 5:30pm at Charle Foster's home. The goal is to kick-off the planning for the next Bocce fund-raising event.
Patricia gave some highlights of the future game night and 25th anniversary events coming up on Feb 3rd and March 3rd. She has already sent out invites last week.
Bill mentioned about the up-coming 6-way meeting on Thursday Jan 18, 2018 at 12pm at the Del Mar Hilton where we meet for our usual Friday meetings.
There will be NO regular Friday meeting on Jan 19th.
Today's meeting started with Steve Weitzen inspiring everyone to attend the 6-way District meeting to be held at the Del Mar Hilton (our regular venue) on Thursday Jan 18th at 12 pm. Due to this, the regular DMSB meeting on Friday Jan 19th has been cancelled.
Joey Landwehr is the proud Artistic Director for JCompany Youth Theatre. Joey has won over 40 awards for his work with young artists in San Diego, including a special creativity award for shaving his head with his lead in THE KING AND I, Yul Brynner style, and raising over $10,000 for Rady Children’s Hospital's Cancer Unit - earning him the title Joey "Do Anything For The Arts" Landwehr. His favorite slide shown above talks about how EARTH is meaningless without the "ART" in it, since earth becomes just EH :-). According to Joey, theater CHANGES lives and it also SAVES lives. He said that school kids that are involved in arts and theater on average scored 100 points higher in Math and Verbal.

Joey moved to San Diego after being a professional actor and director in New York City working on and off Broadway, national tours, regional theatre and directing and soloing at Carnegie Hall. Joey received his MFA in acting and directing from The Ohio State University and has had the great privilege of working with such greats as Phyllis Diller, Sam Harris & Howard Keel.
Since moving to San Diego, Joey has worked for the San Diego Performing Arts League as Membership and Community Development Director; in 2007 he received the “40 Under 40” Award from San Diego Metropolitan Magazine for outstanding leadership in the arts. Joey was also honored as the 2011 Newsmaker in the Arts. In 2016, Joey was further recognized when the City of San Diego proclaimed October 18th Joey Landwehr Day. 

At JCompany he has had the privilege of directing Rumplestilskin is My Name, Oliver!, Yours, Anne, Annie, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Story of Hansel and Gretel, Disney's The Jungle Book, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida, Disney's 101 Dalmations, etc.
Joey was also accompanied by Suzan Sencan, who has the title of JCompany Mom and she talked about how JCompany & Joey welcomed her autistic son into the a summer program 10 years ago and ever since her son has improved significantly and that has made her son and the entire family extremely happy and productive.
Finally Bill awarded the famous Rotary certificate to Joey where our club donates school supplies in the name of the speaker to schools in Malawi.
Today we had a wonderful talk by Patricia Case, who is a long time member of the Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary club since 1997. She talked passionately about the beautiful Chaffey High School in Ontario, CA that she attended. Apparently this school is among the top 20 schools in the country for its beautiful campus that was built in 1911.
In 1945 the newspaper for whom Patricia's mother worked sent her to Balboa Naval Hospital to interview wounded Navy men recovering from war injuries.. Being from New York City she did not drive and took the train. It was love at first site. After she met Patricia's father she took the train weekend thereafter until he was released which was six months later.
She also spoke about her various career path that led her to Pacific Bell, Honeywell, AMN Healthcare and finally now at Aya Healthcare. She is passionate abut Christmas decorations and spends a lot of time decorating it. She also talked proudly about her grown-up two sons and shared a picture of a fully decorated Christmas tree with her grand-daughter.
Favorite Movie: To Kill A Mocking Bird -
Morning Ritual: Get her coffee and then read 2 inspirational books.
Big Billboard Sign Would Say: If God is your co-pilot, change seats :-).
Hosting a golf tournament has evolved a lot over the last several years. Instead of just attending a golf event, people want more of an experience - a lifestyle and entertainment event. That's the challenge Peter Ripa faces as CEO of the Century Club of San Diego. The Century Club is responsible for planning and executing the Farmers Insurance Open, San Diego’s PGA TOUR Event.
The organization is composed of 12 staff and more than 50 San Diego business and community leaders dedicated to the mission of uplifting San Diego and local charities. This is achieved through the Event’s broad economic impact and programs that utilize the profile and magnitude of the Event to provide fundraising, engagement, awareness and experiences for charities, local military families, community organizations and schools.
Event Highlights:
  • More than $25 million economic impact for the City of San Diego including more than $6 million in local hotel revenue
  • Excess of $3 million in funding and in-kind value delivered to charitable partners annually
  • Unmatched exposure for San Diego with 18.5 hours of live TV coverage to 117countries on CBS and Golf Channel.
  • Plays host to over 126K guests from all 50 states and 20 countries.
  • PGA TOUR has recognized the Farmers Insurance Open the last two years as a finalist for Best On-Site Staging amongst a 47-event schedule and WON THE HONOR IN 2017.
  • PGA TOUR recognized tournament charity, The Monarch School as PGA TOUR Charity of the Year in 2015. 
Three additional things to note that Peter shared: 
  • Patriots Outpost - The Century Club donates tickets to 1,200 members of the military and their families and provides a separate hospitality tent for them. Early in last year's tournament, relatively unknown Spanish golfer Jon Rahm made a special appearance in the tent to say "Thank You!" and handed out Taylor Made hats. Jon would eventually make a thrilling, 60-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to win the tournament.
  • Executive Women's Day - Women’s Day is an inspiring program filled with compelling speakers, leadership topics, personal and career development mixed with meaningful networking opportunities. It is a unique environment for women to grow personally and professionally while also connecting guests to the Farmers Insurance Open’s commitment to giving back to the community. This year will include a special appearance by Scout Bassett, a challenged athlete with is a sprinter, triathlete and world record holder. 
  • 97% Would Refer - To illustrate just how incredible the experience is of attending the Farmers Insurance Open. Of the past attendees, 97% would refer others to attend. That's incredible!
Peter previously served as the Tournament Director at the PGA TOUR’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas for five years.  Colonial was recognized with four PGA TOUR “Best of Awards” – Most Engaged Community, Best Marketing/Sales Plan (twice) and Best Use of Players. 
Prior to his role at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Peter served as Assistant Executive Director of the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), Georgia PGA, Florida State Golf Association and Innisbrook Resort over the last 30 years.
Peter currently serves on the Board for the San Diego Tourism Authority and completed two terms on the Board for the PGA TOUR Tournament Advisory Council (TAC). Member of San Diego Sports Innovators (SDSI). ­His wife and son live in Escondido. His daughter is currently attending Auburn University.
Deanna Wolf, Program Coordinator at Casa de Amistad provided an update on the great work they are doing within our community. Since it began in 1997, Casa de Amistad's academic mentoring program has grown from serving just 3 children on its first night to over 250 children and adults annually. Students participating in Casa de Amistad are from school districts throughout coastal North County San Diego. Currently, 204 students come from Solana Beach School District, Del Mar Union School District, Encinitas Union School District, Cardiff School District, Carlsbad Unified School District and San Dieguito Union High School District. Over 100 individuals volunteer weekly as tutors/mentors.
Most of the children they serve are first and second generation students. The program is highly successful and they currently have over 50 students on the waiting list. 
Ken grew up in Texas before heading to New Hampshire to attend Dartmouth College. While there, in addition to his studies he was also active on the crew team and competed in cross-country skiing. After graduation he headed to Japan for 5 years. He became one of the first Americans to every work for Mitsubishi on Japanese shores. Upon returning to the U.S. he went to Harvard Business School and then moved back to Texas. During that time he met his wife, Bebe.
Several years later, looking for a career change, Ken went back to college to learn about Industrial Bio-Tech at the University of Arizona. That's also where their two children were born, Isara and Natiya. That career change is also what brought Ken to San Diego where he joined a company called Diversa (which has since been acquired by BASF). Ken is still highly active with his family and the community and finds time to paraglide and surf whenever he can. 
Answers to the three questions:
     - Favorite movie: Life Is Beautiful
     - First 60 minutes of the day: Get up, walk the dog, make coffee and get ready for work
     - Saying on Billboard: Enjoy Life - It has an expiration date
What a GRAND party at the Fish's beautiful home! Thanks to Jon and Barbara for their wonderful hospitality. The early-comers were able to see a beautiful orange sunset from Jon's backyard. 
The food was wonderful. And the dessert in the end was superb! In the end we had a wonderful White Elephant gift exchange game with Patricia's MYSTERY GIFT changing hands many times. It turned out to be a singing Santa :-).
A big thank you to Patricia for managing and organizing this wonderful event and to Jon and Barbara for sharing their home.
More pictures can be seen at this Google link that Jon sent. PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Dr. Debra Dupree is considered to be a top expert on the Brain-Body Connection and how to master relationships. She is a dynamic and engaging international public speaker; business, communication, and relationship consultant; as well as a published author. She presented a very inspirational talk with great statistics about empathy and compassion.

For more than 20 years, she has been igniting her audiences to fire up their brains to inspire positive changes in their relationships up, down and all around. The information she shares helps those who hear her accelerate their success in life and business through discovery of their natural gifts.

Dr. D’s educational background is vast. She studied Psychology, Career Development and Organizational Psychology at the University of California where she obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. She has advanced certifications in disability management for when medical conditions change the course of life. She is an Advanced Mediator specializing in workplace and family issues as well as a Professor in Negotiation, Mediation and Psychology. More recently, she returned to school to achieve her Doctorate degree in Psychology at Ryokan College where her dissertation revealed the Psychology of Good Bosses vs. Bad Bosses and its impact on leadership.

She has done extensive research in the areas of Personality Types, Communication Styles, Brain Function, and the Brain-Body- Mind Connection. Her published books include “Unlocking Your Emotional Potential” and “Leading Consciously Now: Managing Up, Down and All Around.” Debra actively teaches at live events and webinars worldwide.
Her research shows that the United States consumes almost 25% of all resources in the world and still lot of depression and loneliness exists. She focuses on the law of reciprocity, which says that you have to give to get back. She talked about Zig Zigler's quote "F.E.A.R." - False Expectations Appearing Real. She also talked about the comparison with iceberg. Most folks react to the top of the iceberg, but one needs to dive deeper and look at bottom of the iceberg.
Despite vicious rumors Molly is not a former SNL cast member, however she is a charismatic real estate agent for Coldwell Banker who worked her way through SDSU as a telemarketer. She has the Irish background and grew up with two brothers in Anaheim. Moved to DC for sometime and worked in many software companies. Eventually found her way back to San Diego and got her real estate license. During her growing years itself she was heavily involved in charity and feeding the less fortunate with food every week. Later on in 2014 she found her spouse via online sites.
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