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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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January 2018
Upcoming Events
James Byrne - Envision Solar International
Jan 26, 2018
Thriving on Sunshine
Lizz Lang - Art Specialist
Feb 02, 2018
The Fine Art of Art Installing
Richard Earnest, Pacific Rim Park Board Member
Feb 09, 2018
String of Pearls Around the Pacific
Megan Nicholson - Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation
Feb 16, 2018
IBD : A Real Pain in the Gut – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
Claudia Ehrlich & Erika Katayama
Feb 23, 2018
San Diego Museum of Man
Ellen Wayne - Solana Beach Storage
Mar 02, 2018
Achieving Customer Service Excellence
Kevin Glynn - Retired Pulmonologist
Mar 09, 2018
Cross-Broder Tuberculosis: A Silent Threat to Public Health
Phil Kendro - Veteran, Pilot, etc.
Mar 16, 2018
Military Service to Community Service
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
The Story Behind San Diego History
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
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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.
Susheela was born in Chennai, India and grew up in New Dehli. Her father was an officer in the Royal British Air Force and won several awards for meritorious service above the call of normal duty. Because of his work they eventually moved to Bangalore, South India.
She graduated from Delhi University with a B.A. in English Literature and then went on to earn her Masters, after which she taught college a few years. She got married in 1968 and move to Toronto, Canada which was a bit of culture shock, especially experiencing snow. She received a B. Ed degree at University of Toronto, then they moved to Syracuse, NY where their children were born. During that time she earned an M.S. degree in education from Syracuse University. 
Finally, they got tired of the snow and moved to San Diego in 1977. They didn't know anyone except . . . Venky and Meera who were of great help to them. Here Susheela opened a Montessori pre-school and eventually became a full time professor of Child Devleopment at San Diego Mesa College. 
Susheela enjoys music of all kinds (especially the 60's & 70's, books on different subjects, 
Answers to the three questions:
     - Favorite movie: Roman Holiday
     - First 60 minutes of the day: Get up, brush teeth, make tea and watch CBS News
     - Saying on Billboard: Try Everything Once

Volunteer Program Manager Christina Meeker shared the mission and magic that Words Alive is doing within San Diego. Words Alive proudly serves 5,500 students and families monthly through the support of their cadre of volunteers who donate thousands of hours.

Volunteers in their Read Aloud Program read weekly in 181 classrooms from preschoolers through 3rd grade students, to connect with the joy of reading while developing cognitive and verbal skills. Their Adolescent Book Group currently engages 450 at-risk teens across 22 classrooms and has expanded to not only include book-club style discussions, but also writing sessions and developmental workshops that build language, reading fluency, and critical thinking skills.

In addition to these two initial programs, they have since developed a Family Literacy Program and the Westreich Scholarship Program. Here's a snapshot of their impact today:

  • 3 core programs - Read Aloud, Teen Services & Family Literacy
  • 5,725 program participants
  • 5,723 literacy program sessions
  • 500 + volunteers delivering over 8,800 hours
  • 215 classrooms
  • 22,251 books donated
  • 30 collaborative partners
Words Alive is actively seeking volunteers who wish to experience the fun of reading to kids. Christina also serves as a council member to the Volunteer Administrators Network of San Diego, is an active USD alumni, a traveling yogi, an avid dancer and volunteers with her local Kiwanis Club. 
Paul Butler, along with President Bill Sutton, presented fellow Rotarian Kevin Ehlinger Wilde with a Paul Harris Fellow pin. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to the Foundation. Kevin's pin represents being a Paul Harris Fellow plus 3, meaning this is his 4th pin overall. 
A.J. MacQuarrie is a 29 year old entrepreneur who founded KarmaBox Vending, one of the world's first healthy vending companies that can now be found in over 70 cities across the United States. He writes for Entrepreneur Magazine and Huffington Post and is the author of the upcoming book "Pivot To Your First Million: How to start a business without money, experience, or any idea what you're doing." After turning a $20,000 investment into a multi million dollar business, he started LaunchPad Nation, where he puts on a startup bootcamp. 
Pivot to Success! Are you a “Wantrepreneur” – an entrepreneur with an idea, business, or goal that is slipping further out of reach?
In this talk, A.J. MacQuarrie shared his top mindset strategies to help one achieve the success one desires when “the big win” seems unattainable. How one handles the adversities in one's path will determine one's success. His key slogan is "If your business is not where you want it to be, A.J. will share his simple mindset pivot to get you and your company re-calibrated for success."
Phil is the NEW GUY! He's also the general manager of the Hilton Del Mar with over 20 years of hospitality industry experience so he has a lot of practice in "being nice to people". He is originally from Italy and ended up in San Luis Obispo area. He also had a wonderful time in Japan where he attended an All Male Christian Academy via a Rotary Club. He taught English to Japanese kids in San Luis Obispo. He proudly claims that the Italian therapy is Eat when happy, eat when sad and eat when people die :-). They have 2 boys and they all moved to San Diego 2.5 years ago when he got his job at the Hilton Del Mar.
MORNING RITUAL: Wake up at 4:30 am, visit mom and have coffee with her and then get to work.
HIS BILL-BOARD SLOGAN: Why Can't We Just All Get Along! (quote from Rodney King)
Bill Sutton shared his Who Am I story of being born in Eugene, OR, and then moving to California as his father began work at UCLA. He actually met his wife, Suzanne, in Junior High and the began dating in High School. After graduating from UCLA he went to Officer Training School in the Marines and became a 2nd Lieutenant. After his service he graduated from law school and practiced law his entire career. 
  • Favorite movie: Gunga Din or Zulu
  • Morning ritual: Get up, Make coffee, Grab the Wall Street Journal, Drink coffee while reading the Journal and watchng TV
  • Saying on Billboard: Life is good
Congratulations to Herb and Beverly Liberman and Charlotte Jones on earning their blue badges. We appreciate how active and involved all three have been, and the tremendous knowledge and talents they bring to our club. We are excited to have you a part of our Rotary story.
Dr. Axel Meierhoefer is an expert in Diamond Formation Leadership ( & He brings an informative and inspirational approach to the subject with anecdotes, analogies and metaphors to explain the advantages of using these effective strategies for continual improvement.
Diamond Formation is a term that originates from military aviation and indicates the art of staying in a three-dimensional position with four fighter jets. Axel has 22 years of experience in Air Force flying and teaching other aviators how to perform Diamond Formations. After retiring from the military, Axel studied Leadership and discovered that there are four core pillars to success in leadership that behave and have similar importance as the Diamond Formation in aviation. Collaboration, Globalization, Team Building, Cultural Sensitivity.
Collaboration – the way you expand your area of influence beyond your team and immediate network to generate profits
Team Building – the way you form the kind of relationships that last, attract new clients and employees all the time and give you access to the secret of “6 degrees of separation”
Globalization – where you explore and tap into the amazing opportunities the global economy has to offer you so that your products and services have a clear competitive advantage.
Cultural Sensitivity – the new way to expand on diversity to the clear advantage of your business and run circles around the competition.
This was another day of stories by Jon Fish and Ambassador award for George Sousa. Jon grew up in New Jersey and was inspired by nature when he went to a summer camp in Maine. He also developed a passion for skiing. He went to Harvard to do MBA and met Charles Foster there. Later he joined the Navy and to his surprise met Charles there again! His first employer was (Viks?) and he worked there are treasurer and apparently he said it went bankrupt. That brought some laughter from the audience and someone asked what did he do to bankrupt it :-). He had a son and a daughter from his first marriage and then in 2003 married Barbara and now they have 8 grand children. He has been a member of our Rotary club since 1995. He also made 3 trips to India with other club members.
MORNING RITUAL: Walk his dog, check emails and work on Bocce :-).
HIS BILL-BOARD SLOGAN: Make Today Count For Others!
George Sousa displayed all his pictures and the special Ambassador award presented by Republic of Korea for his service during the Korean war.
It was a great morning with coffee, juice & breakfast fellowship and then a summary of a lot of accomplishments of our district.  Venky spoke about our Colombian shoe project where we were able to provide shoes for about 1300 kids.

Everyone left the seminar very inspired and proud to be a Rotarian.
Herb and Bev gave an exciting talk about their immense mission in Chogoria, Kenya where they have been helping build a day and boarding school.
Beverly is the US Representative for CISA, a Christian immersion school in Costa Rica. She is also the President of Mission Voz Que Clama, a nonprofit established to serve the indigenous in Costa Rica.  She also recruits sponsors to pay school fees for needy children in Kenya. She was the co-founder and Executive Director of the One at a Time Foundation, serving the homeless population in San Francisco. In her professional career, Beverly held Vice President positions at both Bank of America and Tiffany & Co. 

Currently Herb works as a business consultant to start ups and small businesses, arbitrator in the financial industry and partner in a nut business in Kenya and Spanish Immersion School in Costa Rica. Herb’s first career was in education where he started as a classroom teacher and ended his career as a Superintendent of Schools. His next career was in the business world involved  in manufacturing, computers, office equipment and printing industries.
Today we had an exciting and emotion-filled story from Vicky Mallett. She grew up in Texas and her family owned 5 retail clothing stores. She ended being in few commercials and people would come for her autograph. She was Vicky White then with a Texan accent :-). She left Texas at age 24 and had an advertising degree. She landed in San Diego 22 years later after going through many other states. In San Diego she became a media buyer for the Del Mar Fair. She later became part of the grand promotions team at Legoland and had the opportunity to work with Shaquille O'neil on one promotion.
She later got heavily involved in Rotary and was part of a large group from our club in setting up a school in El Salvador.
FAV MOVIE: Field of Dreams
MORNING RITUAL: Coffee, emails and Wall Street Journal.
BIG BILLBOARD SIGN: Are we having fun yet!
Kristin Gaspar is the Vice Chairwoman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and part of the Senior Home Team. She was accompanied by Corrine Busta.
Prior to becoming Supervisor, Kristin was an Encinitas City Council Member and went on to become the city’s first elected Mayor. She has a background in business, serving as CFO of the physical therapy company she and her husband started in 2002.
As Supervisor, Kristin is focused on reducing homelessness, enhancing public safety and improving our streets, infrastructure and neighborhoods. One of her passions is volunteering with her Rotary Club to help those in the community who have Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. She has cleaned their homes, bought household items they desperately needed and worked to spruce up their neglected gardens. This week she'll share her ideas on "Senior Home Team".
She promotes volunteering to help those in need, especially seniors. For those who are interested, there is a website through the county that you can sign up to be a volunteer. The site is xxx (to be updated later). As projects come up everyone is sent a notice and those who are available to help can let them know they’ll do it. 
Interesting fact about Kristin: She studied to be a journalist at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in Tempe.
This week we had our long time member Diane Huckabee give her interesting story. It seems she spent 21 years in college to complete a 4-year degree since she took one course at a time :-). And she worked in commercial banking for over 20 years and in the securities industry over 17!  All in beautiful sunny San Diego!
Favorite movie - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (because of Robert Redford).
First 60 minutes of her day - She says she’s a “hard sleeper” so her day starts out with -  hit the snooze, hit the snooze, hit the snooze, get up.
Big Billboard would say - Mahatma Gandhi quote “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Steve Binder is the head of the San Diego Public Defenders that help the homeless vets get their legal affairs in order. He co-founded the Homeless Court Program (HCP) in 1989, at Stand Down, and the Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) in 2011. He will provide an update about the progress that is made at Stand Down.
Matt Wechter is a deputy public defender with the San Diego Office of the Primary Public Defender, where he has practiced since 2009. Since 2013, he has been one of the Public Defender “Gang of 5” crew that organizes and coordinates the Homeless Court Program at Stand Down. 
They both provided tremendous statistics on how the veterans have benefited from this wonderful program that started some 29 years ago. The HCP program helps resolve minor cases, such as, public nuisance cases, smoking within 25' of a bus stop, multiple DUI, domestic violence, etc. At stand down these vets get to have a nice shower, shave, medical checkup, vision tests, etc.
Bill Sutton (President) presenting them with a "virtual" certificate of appreciation :-).
Bob Halleck shared his life story with our members. He is CEO of Vulcan Trust and has been a member of DMSB club since 2011. He retired in 2002 and has been enjoying his race cars (Porsche & Miata). His 2 Q&A were answered as follows -- 
MORNING RITUAL: Read NU Times, check his financial portfolios
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