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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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March 2018
Greg Snaer & Matthew Anderson from TERI, Inc.
Mar 23, 2018
Building Bridges: TERI’s Inspired Journey
Don Collins - Sanford Inspire Teacher
Mar 30, 2018
Teaching to Inspire.
Everard Meade & Necla Tschirji of Joan B. Kroc
Apr 06, 2018
Being an Anchor Institution in a Sea of Conflict: What Does it Mean to Teach Peace?
Bill Lawrence - SD History Center Exec Director
Apr 13, 2018
San Diego History Center: our community, our story.
Julie Marner; Executive Director | Burundi Friends
Apr 20, 2018
Burundi, Africa: A Treasure Unknown
Duane Trombly, COO at Confidential Recovery
Apr 27, 2018
About recovering addicts program
Sara Schairer - Founder of Compassion It
May 04, 2018
Compassion It. Making Compassion a Verb and a Movement
Michael Gonzales - Art of Story Telling
May 11, 2018
Look Beyond The Page
Janice Kurth; Rotary Foundation Chair
May 18, 2018
Rotary Foundation updates
May 25, 2018
DARK - due to Memorial Day weekend
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
Ginger Marshall - Solana Beach Mayor
Jul 27, 2018
Solana Beach News and updates
Rachel Devine of GenerateHope
Aug 03, 2018
Sex Trafficking in San Diego - The Epidemic that's Happening in Our Own Backyard
Home Page News
Home Page Stories
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.
Favorite Movie: Dead Poet's Society -
Morning Ritual: Go to gym, watch Today's Show, hit the office.
Big Billboard Sign: "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."
Dr. Carolyn Coker Ross ( + is an internationally known author, speaker, expert and pioneer in the use of Integrative Medicine for the treatment of Eating Disorders, Obesity and Addictions.  She is a graduate of Andrew Weil’s Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine. She is the former head of the eating disorder program at internationally renowned Sierra Tucson.
Dr. Ross is a consultant for treatment centers around the US. She is the author of three books including one of the first books on Binge Eating Disorder: The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook and her recent book, The Emotional Eating Workbook. Dr. Ross currently has a private practice in Denver and San Diego specializing in Integrative Medicine for treating eating disorders, addictions, mood and anxiety disorders and obesity.
Eating disorders (ED) and substance use disorders (SUD) co-occur in many individuals.  This talk clarified the causes of both and why you or someone you care about is struggling with these disorders.  Dr. Ross will offer a specific integrative approach to heal brain, body and spirit. 
Overdose of drugs and alcohol led to 65,000 deaths in Vietnam in 2016. According to Dr. Ross, there is no such thing as a "30-day cure" program to fix overdose or abuse issues. It takes lot longer since you have to understand the root cause, transform one's life and heal the pain.
This week we have the first of two new member "Who Am I" presentations. Gary is a neuroscience doctor who started his career by operating on the brains of house cats. His father was a big influence on him in many aspects. One of the big things that Gary admired about his dad was that he worked at JPL and manages mission to Mars and other planets. He would bring interesting exploration items home to show to the family.
Later he went to medical school and met wife Kathy on the 2nd day and been married to her since then. They will be celebrating their 40th anniversary soon.
They are blessed with 3 wonderful kids - Laura, Dan, who is an attorney and 3rd son followed dad and became an orthopaedic surgeon.
He likes surfing, plays rock-'n'-roll in a band and enjoys making surfboards in his backyard despite his neighbor's complaints :-).
Favorite Movie: Casablanca
Morning ritual: Coffee, read paper and go for a swim.
Big Billboard Sign: Quite from Dalai Lama - "Open heart is open mind."
Bill and Suzanne Sutton hosted a Just In Time group party at their home. Herb, Bev and Gary also attended the event. 
Functional Medicine is a fascinating field with remarkable benefits. Cambria Demarco Perry, a Functional Medicine Practitioner and Mike Perry a Functional Medicine Wellness Coach and Micro-Current Pain Management Technician own Functional Medicine Specialists in Encinitas. Their practice focuses on treating the root cause of disease, not just band-aiding the symptoms. Cambria and Mike closely follow the researched based medical protocols and philosophy of the Institute of Functional Medicine. 
Cambria has over 25 years of experience in traditional medicine. She is Board Certified in Acute Care and spent 18 years working in the Emergency Department of Columbia Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, UCLA and Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego. In addition to her 5 years of Functional Medicine experience, she specializes in Neurological Health and works in collaboration with Dr. Dale Bredesen, a World Renowned Neurologist who just published a book called “The End of Alzheimer's. He developed a program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline”. Dr. Bredesen has documented over 100 cases where his protocols have reversed the progression and symptoms of Alzheimer's. Cambria was trained by Dr. Bredesen and colaborates directly with him and his organization on almost all of her Alzheimer’s cases.
Cambria also has a personal passion for treating children with special needs like Autism, ADHD and has over two decades of experience in this area. She is trained and listed with Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs as MAPS Practitioner. Cambria grew up in Del Mar and in her spare time enjoys the natural beauty of her home in Elfin Forest. Her favorite place in the world is on a nice trail nearby with one of her Arabian horses.
Mike is a Certified Functional Medicine Wellness Coach, a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Micro-Current Technician. Mike helps clients identify wellness goals and helps to implement a wellness plan that is created by the client. He works with clients on how to make the lifestyle changes necessary to get there. His more recent area of focus in on micro-current nerve stimulation and pain management therapies. He works with a machine based on Nobel prize winning research, guided missile and lie detector technologies. In Mike’s spare time you might see him on a road bike or catching a wave in North County somewhere.
Learn more about the great work they do and the benefits of Functional Medicine by visiting their website at

Lou was born in Manhattan . . . New York City. His parents were from Poland and his father was a retail jeweler. Growing up, Lou was nuts about baseball and wanted to be a Major League Baseball player. He played every position except for pitcher, spending most of his time behind the plate as catcher. During his senior year, his high school baseball team won the 1949 NYC Baseball Championship. He even tried out with the NY Giants and received an invitation to go to Florida, however a serious leg infection at the time prevented him from going.
Lou joined a real estate firm while also taking business courses at City College of New York. His weekends were still filled by playing 4-5 games of baseball against a variety of college and service teams, and he even played at Sing Sing Prison.
In 1950 the Korean Conflict started with Lou entering the USMC in February of 1952. He did boot camp at Parris Island, SC then was ordered to MCAS in El Toro, CA where he served as an Instrument Flight Instructor to Reserved WWII Pilots.
Following the Korean Conflict Lou was release to the Reserves for 6 years and returned to real estate. He got married in 1954, the same year he was recruited by a life insurance company. In 1961 he moved to Engelwood, NJ and joined the Englewood Jaycees, serving as President in 1962, chairing the 1963 North Jersey Soap Box Derby and earning Man Of The Year for his local achievements.
His career took a turn in 1963 when he was recruited by a financial planning firm, becoming Director of Financial Planning two years later. What made it interesting is that their office was in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. In 1967, Lou started his own firm in New York City. During a trip to California he saw an opportunity to do financial planning in Las Angeles so he moved in 1969 and joined a Beverly Hills financial planning firm.
Two years later he decided to go on his own and opened a firm in Torrance, CA. In 1988, he joined LPL Financial Broker/Dealer and moved to Vista Valley Country Club in Vista, CA with his office in Rancho Bernardo. LPL Financial is where Lou met his future partner, Steve Van Houten. They moved to Encinitas and changed the name to Lifetime Financial Advisers. Lou sold his practice to Steve in 2003 while staying on as a consultant a few days a week.
Over the years Lou has also been involved with different projects as an entrepreneur investor:
  • 1979 – Orthotic shoe inserts primarily for athletes and runners with back or foot issues. Lou worked with a Podiatrist who fulfilled the final product to the end user, however the Podiatrist eventually backed out with pressure from others.
  • 1991 – Lou purchased a franchised Mexican fast food restaurant with a client for his two sons to operate. Both sons stayed for 6 months and were not impressed. So Lou sold the business to his partner who eventually sold out to a very large California fast food chain.
  • 2008 – Invented golf clubs (wedges and a putter) with shafts which would separate into two equal sections, by a connector, which Lou patented. The assembled clubs were used for practice only, indoors or outdoors, with special plastic golf balls which wouldn't harm cars, walls or windows. The package included a putting cup, hitting mat and a case to hold all the pieces. Lou abandoned the project when he became a caregiver for his loving partner, Gloria.
Lou has been married twice, with 3 children by his first wife, plus 3 grandchildren. He’s also been in 2 serious relationships and recently met Nancy who many of us have met. He divides his time between golf, volunteering at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, and as a Convention of States volunteer (District Captain 4 years). Lou has also been very dedicated to Rotary, He first joined in 1981 and is a 5 time Paul Harris Fellow. He join the DMSB Rotary Club, his 4th club, in 1996 and is honored to be a member. And we are honored to have him as one.
Answers to the three questions:
     - Favorite movie: Amadeus
     - First 60 minutes of the day: Get up, get on computer, read Wall Street Journal, check emails (still involved in many things)
     - Saying on Billboard: Yesterday was History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today - the Present - is a Present.
The Del Mar / Solana Beach Rotary proudly presented Chris Yanov and Lauren Tullis from Reality Changers with a donation of $8,858 to support the great work they do with area youth. From 1996 to 2001, Chris worked as a youth director near downtown San Diego. The majority of teens with which he first worked with were involved with drugs and gangs, often leading to violence, vandalism, teen pregnancy, and even death. To respond to this challenge, Chris started Reality Changers in 2001 with just four students and $300 to its name. It is based on the principle that it is just not right that most inner-city students today know more people who have been shot or killed in the street than people who are on the road to college.
Nearly a decade and a half later, Reality Changers now serves nearly 1,000 youth from disadvantaged backgrounds every year (its College Apps Academy course is available to 12th graders from all backgrounds). The program’s 1,300 graduates – including 29 Gates Millennium Scholars – have now earned over $100,000,000 in scholarships from all sources. Reality Changers has begun to scale its programs so that this feat can be accomplished on an annual basis beginning in 2018. The work they are doing has also caught the attention of Mexico President Vicente Fox who has joined their Board of Directors. Here is a story about it in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
We are proud to support the tremendous impact they are making. Learn more about the great work they are doing at
We are making good progress on the Paraplegic global grant in partnership with the Ottapalam, Kerala, India Rotary club. They are preparing a detailed response to all the questions raised by The Global Grant foundation. In the picture above they are displaying our DMSB flag at a meeting where the club senior members were discussing and preparing responses to the questions raised on the global grant application. They plan to send the final revisions to Sanjiv and Venky by next week. Sanjiv had met them last month in India and also visited one of the quadriplegic beneficiaries of the grant money.
Sergeant Daniel Casara served his country proudly for nearly 15 years.  He deployed in 2005, and on September 23, his M113 rolled over an anti-tank mine.  The explosion flipped his tank, killing two and injuring four.  Sgt. Casara suffered bilateral fractures to his right tibia and fibula, a shattered left tibia, shattered heel and ankle bones to both feet, and a dislocated right hip.  To date, he has undergone 24 surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy.

For his service, Danny has been honored with a Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and the Presidential Unit Citation.

Still in rehabilitation for his injuries to this day, Danny has also worked with over 20 non-profits to raise awareness and money in over 15 states for the wounded veterans’ community and their families. Using sports and recreational activities to support his rehabilitation, he has continued to strengthen his legs.

Sgt. Casara cycles, golfs, plays baseball, softball, snowboards. He sits on the board of directors of Open Hearts For Purple Hearts Foundation, board of governors for Morgan Run Club and Resort,  and is the Executive Director of the Veterans Golfer’s Association Western Region. He was also the Chairman of the 2016 and 2017 Charity Classic (an annual nation-wide charity event hosted by ClubCorp).  Sgt. Casara is a 2016 graduate of the Golf Academy of America in San Diego, California and he is currently pursuing a degree in criminal justice.

In 2009 he married Barbara “Basia” Gasienica, who emigrated from Poland in 1987.  They have resided with his son, Denali, and his mother, Elaine, in the 52nd district in San Diego County since 2012.

In 2016 Danny was selected as a subject for a portrait painted by President George W. Bush for his book on “Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors”.  The painting of Danny is on the cover of the book.

He gave credit to all the Vietnam Vets for paving the way for others. He also credited the Korean war and World War II vets and their spouses. He talked about Honor Flight ( that aranges a trip to WWII veterans to go & see the museums in DC.

He was finally awarded the Malawi school project certificate by DMSB President Bill. This is a program by our club where school supplies are donated to Malawi schools in honor of the speaker.

We had an amazing audience today to celebrate Veterans' Day. George brought out his teddy bear that sang the "Great American" song.
Then we had several of our club veterans give a brief talk on their involvement.
These were the club members that spoke. I tried my best to capture notes and so if you see any mistakes please let me know and I will correct it ASAP. Charles Foster could not attend but sent his summary via email.
George Sousa - Married his wife Lou in Dec of 1950 and few weeks later in Jan 1951 he joined the army. He then went on to fight the Korean war. His plaque with his name and picture is also displayed at the Mt. Soledad memorial.
Bill Sutton - Was in the Marine Corps, anti-aircraft officer, showed some pictures with Suzanne and his senior officers.
Lou Oberman - He joined Marine Corps, did the boot camp at Parris Island, was involved in Instrument Flight Instructing School, he had the privilege to train Jerry Coleman.
Paul Butler - Was in the Navy from 1979 to 1989, 2 years in flight training, then advanced flight training in Virginia. He flew jets off aircraft carriers for 10 years!
Jon Fish - He joins the Navy and then was later posted on a ship along the Meekong river in Saigon and it was quite peaceful at that time he said.
Malcolm Koll - Served in South Africa 1976.  After boot camp was trained to be a land surveyor and sent to the Angolan border to survey the center line for a road through the Caprivi strip.  Did annual camps thereafter until he emigrated.
Arnold Fernandes - George's friend and a guest today. He served during World War II. He is 94 years old.
Herb Liberman - He was in the reserves for 6 years, when he was active duty in the army, they found out he was a teacher and so he was assigned to teach some of the recruits so they received the minimum qualification certificate for GED. He was also an ambulance driver.
Charles Foster - He was in the Navy 1968-1972.  Was a Lieutenant.  Ran ship overhauls at Charleston (S.C.) Naval Shipyard.  Last job was as Ship Management Officer responsible for the planning and execution of the overhaul and modernization of the USS Sampson (DDG-10), a guided missile destroyer.  This was an experimental compressed overhaul with monthly reporting to the Chief of Naval Operations in D.C.
Ken also made some announcements today of 2 new members! Molly Fleming & Gary Schneiderman. Welcome to DMSB!
This was a celebration of migrating two long-time guests Molly and Greg from sticker badges to the official DMSB red badges :-).
Dr. James Veltmeyer is the Chief of Family Medicine at the prestigious Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, CA. He has been voted San Diego's "Top Doctor" in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017. He experienced first hand the challenges patients face in getting good healthcare, including with his own wife who has been battling breast cancer. 
As Dr. Veltmeyer shared, a majority of his time is spent in making sure the medical care procedures he recommends for his patients are compliant with insurance coverages and have the proper medical codes (there are over 65,000 of them). It's common to have his recommendations questioned or denied, resulting in serious delays to getting the proper care. 
He has developed a new approach to health care reform that provides "Health care by the people, for the people". It offers a realistic path to reducing costs of health care through a three-part approach:
  1. A Medical Association Membership (MAM) for routine and preventative care. This provides patients access to doctors for a low monthly fee of $50-$100 per patient.
  2. Emergency Catastrophic Care (ECC) for life-threatening health events, emergencies and accidents. This would cover up to 2 weeks of hospitalization or ICU care.
  3. National Health Savings Accounts (NHSA) to cover costs of pre-existing conditions, specialists and longer-term hospital care. 
Suzanne was born in Burbank, CA in the San Fernando Valley. Her dad was a single family doctor who practiced out of the same office for over 50 years, even doing house calls in his 60's. 
Her parents were originally from Shreveport, LA. Here mom was born and raised on a plantation in the country and while her dad's family lived in town. Every year her parents and her older brother would make the trek across Texas by car or train to stay with her grandmother in the country. It was a great place to be in the summer, except for the heat. Every day Suzanne would ride horse in the cotton and corn fields, then help move cattle from pasture to pasture or check fences. It was great!
Right after high school Suzanne went to a boarding school in Lausanne, Switzerland where girls as young as 12 attended. She met some wonderful girls there including 6 that she still keeps in touch with. They are currently planning a 50+ year reunion. Upon returning Suzanne went to the University of Missouri, the same college her dad attended, and earned a degree in Business. 
Six months later her and Bill got married and began their service in the Marines, moving 11 times in 3 years. Everything they owned could fit in a Dodge Coronet. After the military they moved to Santa Monica. While Bill attended law school, Suzanne began work at Security Pacific Bank.
Eventually they moved back to San Fernando Valley to be closer to family where Suzanne spent the first 9 years working for a private school. Then began a 25 year stretch where she worked for multiple people at the same time including a CPA, realtor, landscape architect and a wealthy business man. This allowed her the flexibility to do things like join her mom on many family cruises. For the last one, after her mom passed away, they had a special ceremony with the captain, several officers and family members as they buried her mother at sea. 
These days, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her 2 children, their spouses and her 3 grandchildren (including a new grandson). She also volunteers at the library and garden club. For fun Suzanne reads and scours travel magazines trying to figure out where to go to next. If it's in Europe, it will have to include a trip to Latvia.
Answers to the three questions:
     - Favorite movie: To Kill A Mockingbird
     - First 60 minutes of the day: Coffee, checking what time it is in Latvia
     - Saying on Billboard: Be Kind
As the video below shows, Just In Time for Foster Youth has a power impact on helping transition-age foster youth achieve self-sufficiency and well-being. Every youth leaving the foster care system that they work with has a community of caring adults waiting for them so they can thrive and enjoy productive, satisfying lives. That's why the DMSB Rotary was so proud to be able to present Just In Time Executive Director, Don Wells, and Youth Services Director, Nathan Brunetta, with a donation of $7,973.80. An amazing organization doing amazing work. (Pictured above: Jon Fish, Nathan Brunetta, Don Wells and Susan Hennefent)

Gary Sinclair is “Changing the Face of Therapy” through the use of memory energy therapy. His patented process, Soul Link, has proven to neutralize the negative charge out of ANY memory in seconds, including PTSD. Soul Link is passing 10,000 clients with no failures or abreactions and a medical peer review confirmed success in 100% of 2,200 clients they studied.

While at our meeting Gary shared his incredible story, including overcoming 80% mobility loss after 14 years of Multiple Sclorosis. At the age of 36, he then went miraculously from 1/3 lung capacity, which started as birth defects, to full capacity in 15 minutes with a large group of witnesses. Six years later he became our National Amateur Senior Olympic Gold Medal Figure Skating Champion for the USA. In July of 2015 he overcame 14 TIA strokes within 30 minutes of each stroke even with body paralysis and loss of speech while staff at the UCSD Neurology Department monitored it all.

Today, at age 72, Gary Sinclair IS “Changing the Face of Therapy” by training people across the country and around the world how to use his memory energy therapy techniques to help others. For more information check out

Steve was born in San Diego at a cost of $8. He followed by his two brothers, both 1 years and 2 months apart. His father was a court reporter and mother was a secretary with SD Unified. 
He had a lot of great experiences growing up. At 9 years old he learned to play golf, a sport he enjoyed as a way to make business connections throughout his career. At 13 he was the ball boy for the San Diego Rockets NBA team and got to meet many famous players including: Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Earl Monroe, Walt Frazier and Bill Bradley. At 17 he went to Japan as an exchange student at a time when you had to make a reservation with an international operator to make a call home. At 18 he studied in Mexico his first semester and met David Alfaro Siqueros, one of Mexico's famous muralist. In 1976, Steve backpacked throughout Europe and Israel, a country he has been to 12 times. 
Eventually Steve went to law school, met his wife Ava, worked for two insurance defense firms, then opened his practice January 1, 1990. His daughter Shana was born one week later. His son Aaron made Aliya to Israel. 
Steve joined our club in 2006, has served as President of the club, District Assistant Governor, Chief Assistant Governor and is a candidate to become our District Governor a few years from now.
Answers to the three questions:
     - Favorite movie: The Godfather
     - First 60 minutes of the day: Eat breakfast, read two papers and meditate 
     - Saying on Billboard: It's Mind Over Matter and If You Don't Mind It Don't Matter . . . Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
DMSB Rotary member Sanjiv Prabhakaran recently met with our global partner club for a Paraplegic Project in Ottapalam, Kerala, India. This Global Grant will support the clinic in Ottapalam that trains paraplegic individuals to become independent and self-sustaining so they can start their own business or find jobs that they can handle independently.
During Sanjiv's visit he met the paraplegic care unit's chairman Mr. Ravi, the highly motivated patient Ajay, Ottapalam Rotary President Raj Mohan, Rotarian Koman and International chair Ram and his wife Rotarian Nirmala. The Ottapalam Rotary club will provide necessary business training and on-going support. 
Ajay was a bright engineering student who got pushed out of a crowded speeding train and became quadriplegic for life, BUT never lost his attitude towards life. He kept working hard towards rehabilitation and using his voice to control his computer and become productive by building web sites and helping Sanjiv's company with miscellaneous Word and Excel tasks. The grant we are working on will provide equipment such as; specialized wheel chairs, sewing machines and 3-wheel motorized scooters for patients like Ajay.
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Liberian nurse fights for peace

A nurse fights for peaceIn a nation once wracked by civil war, Liberian Rotarian Elizabeth Sele Mulbah has spent much of her life leading efforts for peace and reconciliation.A past president (2011-12) of the Rotary Club of Sinkor, Mulbah has a remarkable

Rotaract: 50 years of changing lives

50 years ago, the first Rotaract club was formed to give young adults a place to connect and take action for good. Rotaract members from each decade share what the program was like and how it shaped their

Rotary women celebrated for changing lives

World Bank and Rotary International celebrate International Women’s

Nowhere to turn

As thousands of refugees streamed into Berlin, they strained the health care system. Rotarian and physician Pia Skarabis-Querfeld spent the last three years building a network of volunteer doctors to help those in

5 things you might not know about ending polio

The road to eradicating polio has been a long and difficult one, with Rotary leading the fight since 1985. Going from nearly 350,000 cases in 1988 to just 10 so far this year has required time, money, dedication, and innovation from thousands of people who are working to end the