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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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Speakers
Amir Emadi; CEO of Skylift
Jul 20, 2018
Paradigm shift in fighting wildfires
PRESIDENT's ASSEMBLY
Jul 27, 2018
Club Assembly/planning/membership growth
Rachel Devine of GenerateHope
Aug 03, 2018
Sex Trafficking in San Diego - The Epidemic that's Happening in Our Own Backyard
Jabez LeBret; Founder of Sisu Academy
Aug 10, 2018
Transformational Boarding School Solving San Diego Disengaged Youth Problem
Sal Mariscal
Aug 17, 2018
Cancer treatments & therapy
Dr. Aaron Sathrum; Concepts Engr at Gen Atomics
Aug 24, 2018
Lithium Ion Battery development and applications at General Atomics
Jeff Blanton from Blanton Group
Aug 31, 2018
Mobilizing Leaders to Transform Business and Community Success
Ms. Puja Gupta; Nuc Energy Scientist at GA
Sep 07, 2018
In Pursuit of Nuclear Technology for 21st Century
George Reh; COO of Club ABLE
Sep 14, 2018
TBD ??
Linda Olson, Motivational Speaker
Sep 21, 2018
Get out and Go
Don Collins; TPHS PALS Advisor / Sanford Inspire
Sep 28, 2018
Teaching to Inspire
Kalani Creutzburg & Nate Schoemer of Cammies/Canin
Oct 05, 2018
Vets helping our Homeless Veterans
Jim Hester, Author
Oct 19, 2018
Rebuilding Team America
 
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Contact Phil Campanelli

 Phil.Campanelli@delmarhilton.com / 1 (949) 230-8524

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The meeting was kicked off by Ken introducing our new red-badge member Suchandra Brahma. She was a Rotarian in India and now shuttles between Del Mar and India. Charles & Paul gave an update on Bocce and Paul said that we now have about $13,000 in sponsorships collected so far. He also mentioned that the Bocce prize of a growler for maximum VIP sponsorships brought in by members has been extended to this month since it was a tie last month. Steve Weitzen mentioned about the future Rotary International conference coming to Honolulu in 2020. Reservations will start in Jun 2019.
 
 
Then we had Susan present a check for $2,250 on behalf of our DMSB club to Tom Madeyski of YMCA Camps to support the foster kids that get a chance to attend their 1-week camps.
 
Then Venky talked briefly about the new "My Three Things In LIfe ..." talk by members each week. This could be my three (could be 1 or 2 also) biggest lessons in life, tips on being happy, events in my life, things I’m most passionate about, challenges I’ve faced, trips I’ve taken, etc. This gives everyone a lot of flexibility to choose what they want to share and do it concisely thus making it very interesting. Charles Foster will kick it off next Friday since he is the earliest member of the club.
 
 
Then we had an exciting talk by our main speaker Tom Madeyski. He has been with YMCA Camps for 38 years and lives with his wife Debbie in the RainTree Ranch in Julian where they have one of the camps. He serves as Executive Director of YMCA Camping programs here in San Diego County.  In his tenure, camp attendance has increased from 10,000 to 26,000 children and families annually.  The three YMCA camps, Marston, Raintree Ranch and Camp Surf have seen over $10M in capital improvements in the past 15 years.  Tom is a proud Penn State Nittany Lion and is a certified YMCA Organizational Leader. 
 
He said that the kids that attend are from 7 years of age and up.  The cost is very reasonable at $250/week during non-summer weeks and in summer it is $700/week. They also get sponsorships from Rotary and other organizations that pay for some disadvantaged foster kids. The camp helps to minimize the screen time that today's kids have. According to some research and statistics, it seems the average kids today spend only 7 minutes outdoors and 7 hours in front of electronic screens! The 1-week camp helps to change that and he says kids just love the activities and at the end they are not missing their devices at all. The triangle logo of YMCA represents SPIRIT, MIND and BODY and the YMCA philosophy and tag line is - Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
 
In the end, he was asked a question as to what was the most "touching" event he had come across and he mentioned the story of a mom that was diagnosed with cancer and was about to lose her apartment. She applied for aid to send her kids to camp so they could experience the camp life and she finally got approved. During the week of the camp training she lost her apartment and just 2 days prior to kids returning home she managed to get a new apartment and that was a very touching story for Tom that he can never forget.
 
 
In the end, our club president Ken Barrett awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Tom Madeyski that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker. 
 
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As many of you are aware, the Global Grant (#1861799) for $35,813 was approved last month for the Quadriplegic & Paraplegic clinic in Kerala, India. Our partner Rotary club in India is the Ottapalam Rotary club in Kerala. They recently celebrated the occasion by handing out purchase orders to all the vendors for the various equipments that are needed for the recipients.
 
 
They created the banner above in honor of all the recipients. The International Chair Ambalakat Ram Mohan (known as Ram) has been very instrumental in making this happen along with the extensive support by our own International Chair Venky Venkatesh and rotarian Sanjiv Prabhakaran. Thanks to everyone for supporting this great cause. The training sessions will start in few weeks and they have been sending monthly progress reports.
 
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Several members of Del Mar-Solana Beach (DMSB) Rotary volunteered to help the veterans at this year's StandDown event near Balboa Park. Thanks to Bill Sutton for coordinating the event for our members. Turns out that there were about 3000 volunteers to help serve and help the veterans for various needs, such as, legal counseling, getting driver's license renewed, doing various medical tests, taking care of their pets, applying for various veteran services, etc., all for free. DMSB sponsored a tent there to serve chilled water for all the visitors and volunteers. We distributed about 3800 bottles of water!
 
Enjoy some of the pictures taken by several members. One of the picture shows a lady wearing a hat. She has been visiting StandDown for many years and she started a fancy hat project 19 years ago! It contains Poppy flowers that she collected from the vets with their year and name on it. She sews on these flags onto the hat and has been maintaining the hat for 19 years so far!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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DMSB members in the spotlight in Del Mar Times ... 
 
(June 27, 2018) DMSB + Solutions Farm
 
Solutions for Change, a nonprofit dedicated to solving family homelessness in San Diego county, needed a refrigerated van to deliver its produce to schools around the county. Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary rose to the occasion by funding a large part of the van’s cost with a $25,000 check ... more ...
 
 
 
(June 19, 2018) Lou Oberman
 
Up until a few years ago, Lou Oberman counted himself among many in the country who are frustrated by the problems plaguing the federal government in Washington, but didn't think there was any way to change things for the better ... more ...
 
 
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Today Scott MacDonald revealed some interesting statistics on financial aid, college fees, etc. He grew up near Chicago and graduated from Indiana University and the U of North Carolina. He recently retired as Chairman and CEO of one of Australia’s largest commercial real estate companies. Prior to living in Sydney, he was CEO or President of several US based real estate companies and worked overseas with Morgan Stanley for several years advising on their real estate investments.
 
His latest book, Saving Investa, how an ex-factory worker helped save one of Australia’s iconic companies, was published last year and his next book, Think like a Dog, how dogs teach us to be happy in life and successful at work, is due to be published later in 2018. The new book was co-authored by his rescue dog, Sadie, and himself. 
 
Scott found that many challenged and low-income families had no way to pay for college due to high rise in fees. Since he did well in his career and felt that he did not need all the money he had made and decided to start a scholarship fund at Davidson College in Charlotte, North Carolina where his kids attended. He has endowed 8 scholarships at Davidson. He calls these Community Service Scholarships, where the qualification is not easy. Applicants need to develop special community projects in order to qualify for full college scholarships. It's a "Pay It Forward" concept. He said there is currently about $1.8 Trillion in student debt. And the U.S. government is going to write off billions off that amount. The primary reason for such high costs, as per Scott, is that the states are not contributing as much to education now as in the past and so the colleges are forced to raise tuition to cover the expenses.
 
 
He mentioned one story about a girl Olivia that called him while he was in Australia and met him. She was a recipient of the MacDonald scholarship and wanted to talk to Scott about how she qualified for it. She had moved to S. Carolina from Switzerland due to the need for warmer weather after her mother fell quite sick. Her father had passed away before she was born. She had a project in mind to build a school in Ethiopia. It required $20K in capital and about $20k in annual maintenance. She wrote a book filled with kids pictures and quotes and started selling those online for $50 and soon raised the $20K to build the school. Scott was moved by her story and started to seek out other such scholars to hear their stories.
 
Another story was about 26-year old Eli Kahn, who went to India and rented a 3-wheel scooter (called tut-tut) and drove across India from north to south delivering a hand-held solar light to impoverished villages so kids could study at night. This was sponsored by some solar panel companies. A full story of Scott appeared in the Union Tribune and can be seen here.
 
Scott then started approaching large universities, such as, University of N. Carolina and Indiana University to promote his scholarship fund concept. It took almost 2 years to go through the college bureaucracy and finally he seeded those funds and the universities then raised millions. As of now Univ. of N. Carolina has given out 12 scholarships, Indiana Univ. gave out 20 and several at University of Michigan. He struck a deal with University of San Diego such that he funds 1 per year and the university will fund 3 per year.
 
Scott is getting ready to publish his next book, which will be on the financial aid crisis. He distributed one his books "Saving Investa" to all the DMSB members that attended today. Go to MacDonald Scholarships for more information on Scott and his scholarships.
 
 
In the end, our in-coming club president Ken Barrett awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Scott MacDonald that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker. 
 
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William D. Gore was elected as the 29th Sheriff of San Diego County in June of 2010.  Sheriff Gore oversees one of the largest Sheriff’s Departments in the nation with over 4,200 staff. His department handles detentions, patrol, courts, licensing and regional forensic support.  Sheriff Gore is well known for his collaborative approach to law enforcement including his spearheading of the Law Enforcement Coordination Center (LECC).  Sheriff Gore's law enforcement career spans 47 years.  Sheriff Gore graduated from Crawford High School, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of San Diego and a Master's Degree from Seattle University. A Fun Fact is that Sheriff Gore plays a, "Seeing Eye Person for his 12-year old blind Lab."
 
 
Sheriff provides police capabilities for 9 unincorporated zones and many incorporated cities. That is over 1 million people overall. He has to manage an average daily population of about 6000 inmates in the various jails. In 2012 they opened a women's detention facility. He is a big advocate of criminal justice re-alignment that improves many areas, such as, crowding in jails., provide counseling to criminals before they are released, give them tools to improve their lives once they are out of jail and train them to integrate back into the community.
 
 
He said that 95% of the inmates come back to the community and so they try to train them on anger management, new jobs skills, etc. Crime in San Diego county is exceptionally low compared to the rest of U.S. They provide computer-based video training to all police officers at the Miramar Training Center to simulate real-life situations and it is extremely effective to train on quick reflex actions, but in court these actions by police are sometimes tough to defend. As far as immigrations cases he said only 41% of cases get reported to ICE and usually minor offenses, such as, DUI, women abuse, etc. are not reported, especially in sanctuary states.
 
 
In the end, our club president Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Sheriff Gore that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker. 
 
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Malcolm Koll explains his role as the Fine Master Chair. Some of her KEY tasks and comments were --
  1. Go through the ClubRunner database to see which member forgets their or their spouse's birthdays and fine members accordingly.
  2. Keeps track of members who are absent and if they did not inform him ahead of time then they get fined.
  3. Looks for members that are NOT wearing their Rotary badges.
  4. He looks for interesting areas and scenarios to fine members.
 
1. Why did you choose that position? He said he was told to do this :-).
 
2. How would you improve it? By "fining" members more each time :-)..
 
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Bill is surrounded by the GAVEL PROTECTORS (Kevin Cahill and Paul Butler) with their Golden Gavels :-).
 
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Susan and Charles presented a check for $2,000 to Nicole Green to support the work done at Casa de Amistad.
 
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Paul Butler presented the Paul Harris award to Beverly Liberman for her annual contribution of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Her husband Herb Liberman is to her right.
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Mayor Dwight Worden presented the current state of affairs in Del Mar. He is the Mayor of Del Mar. Now retired, he practiced law for 30 years in coastal north county, serving as Del Mar City Attorney from 1977-1983. He also served on the Coastal Commission as a Governor and President of the Senate appointee and is heavily involved in all Del Mar activities. One fun fact about Dwight is that he plays bass and fiddle in two bluegrass bands that perform throughout the region.
 
 
Some of the key highlights from his talk were as follows:
  1. Politics has become very contentious and some civility needs to happen.
  2. He believes that climate change is a key factor in the issue of sea-level rise that Del Mar is facing.
  3. On the technology side there are advancements and research in making crippled people walk.
  4. On the Biology side, nano technology is allowing miniature pills containing cameras to go through the body and take pictures.
  5. As far as state of CA he feels that democrats may lose but there are more NPP (No Party Preference) voters rising.
  6. As far Del Mar specific highlights, he had the following points --
    1. The city has a population of 4200 with 2 million annual travelers and about 3 million visitors to the annual fair.
    2. Biggest issue is the cost of land and lack of affordable housing. He wishes that teachers and firemen and other service professionals could afford a place there.
    3. San Diego county overall has a shortage of housing units by 171,000.
    4. Short-term rentals is another major issue and they are working on some reasonable solution.
    5. Residents are also concerned of the rising sea-level threat. They expect about 3-5 feet rise by 2070. The city is planning a "managed retreat" and some cities, such as, Cardiff is testing the use sand dunes to hold back the ocean water.
    6. Water restriction is another big challenge here. There is a $13 Billion proposal to add 2 tunnels from north CA to south CA.
    7. Side walk re-vitalization project has been approved and we should soon see an enhanced look for down-town.
    8. The Del Mar Plaza is now under new management since last year and these new owners are local Del Mar residents and so there are big plans to renovate the Del mar Plaza soon.
    9. He said that the City Council project is complete now and it was one of the projects that was on time and under budget! It has 140 parking places and the vendors will pay some fee but it will be free for customers.
Charles popped the question as to why he chose this role. The mayor said that as a lawyer for 30 years he wanted to explore how it feels to sit on the "other side" as a policy-maker. He said it is mostly rewarding but not to expect a thank you from anyone.
 
 
In the end, our club president Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Dwight that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker. 
 
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Venky Venkatesh explains his role as the International Chair. Some of her KEY tasks and comments were --
  1. The role involves a lot of interaction with the administrators at Rotary International.
  2. He has orchestrated over $400,000 in global grants since the past 5+ years.
  3. He has successfully completed grants for various countries, such as, India, El Salvador, Uganda, Madagascar, Zambia and Monrovia.
  4. The process was a lot easier in the early days, however, now there are lots of checks and balances and takes a lot longer to get approval.
  5. He said a recent global grant for Paraplegic/quadriplegic clinic in Kerala, India took almost 5 months from start to finish.
 
1. Why did you choose that position? He said that it was something he loved and he was motivated by other Rotarian cousins from India.
 
2. How would you improve it? He hopes the Rotary foundation will make the approval process a lot simpler. He has now passed the baton to another club member Herb Liberman for the next year.
 
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David Alemian entertained everyone with a very high-powered and energetic talk about talent recruitment. He is a dynamic corporate speaker and one of the country’s top experts on “Talent Recruitment and Retention.”  Alemian teaches employers how to attract and retain the top talent they need in a highly competitive marketplace. Nationwide, all employers agree that there is a huge talent shortage, and competition for the best talent is tough.  A prolific writer and video producer, he has published over 200 written articles and is featured in over 300 educational videos. He lives in Oceanside with his wife Hillary and their two pugs Zac and Charlie.
 
 
He mentioned that 1/6th of the economy is in healthcare and they need more talents everyday. By 2025 he says that there will be a shortage of 500,000 nurses. This shortage is directly tied to the retiring baby boomers. It seems they are retiring at the rate of 10,000 per day! Another alarming statistics he pointed out was that 50% of U.S. physicians are behind in savings and they are not financially prepared for retirement. The employee pool has to constantly be training on new trades since very soon places, such as, McDonald's will have kiosks for ordering food instead of of people taking orders.
 
 
In the end, our club president Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to David that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker. David's summary video can be viewed here - David's video.
 
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We also had Fred Schenk, Chair of Fair Operations, come and give an update on the San Diego County Fair that started on June 1st and will go on until July 4th. He gave some quick updates about the fair --
  1. The theme this year is "How Sweet It Is".
  2. The world famous Pink's Hot Dogs is at the fair.
  3. He showed the picture of the first fair of 1936. The fair has been running at the Del Mar Fairgrounds every year since then except during World War II.
  4. He said SD Fair is the 4th largest fair in the U.S. and the largest county fair.
  5. Chicken Charlie has new items, such as, cotton candy ice cream!
  6. In the end he gave each club member a free ticket to the fair and a $6 discount ticket.
 
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Steve Binder is a retired Public Defender and he works with Matt Wechter the current Deputy Public Defender to help the veterans at StandDown at the Veterans Village of San Diego with all kinds of legal issues for free. Steve said that the Homeless Court started 30 years ago in San Diego.
 
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Dr. Joanie Connell is an author, organizational consultant, and leadership coach.  Her book is: “Flying without a Helicopter: How to Prepare Young People for Work and Life.” She’s writing a second one on connecting the generations that should be out this year.  She gives keynote speeches at companies and schools and runs the consulting firm Flexible Work Solutions, Inc. She has a PhD from UC Berkeley and a BA from Harvard.
 
Today she educated us on how to cope with the various generations - the Silents, Baby Boomers, Gen X, etc. She says there are lot of conflicts when not connecting with the various generations and trying to understand each other.
 
 
 
Companies face a lot of cost for "NOT" connecting with the generations. She cited an example of an organization that invited millenials to a meeting with more older folks and learnt that the older generation was trying to get rid of the Baby Boomers since they did not understand the younger folks. The millenials felt that they were not welcomed to the group. This lack of understanding needs to be corrected by using the 3 key factors that Dr. Connell trains companies on - INQUIRE, EMPATHIZE and RESPECT.
 
 
There is some overlap in these generations as seen in the picture above. The older generations today are living longer. It seems 78 years is average life expectancy today. Each generation faces different issues as shown in image above. The context is different and so it is key to understand those differences as per Dr. Connell in order to bridge those generational issues. People have moved from mailing letters to emails and texting, carriages to space trips, etc. And so, the key is to mingle with an OPEN mind and avoid any "assumptions" of each other. Inquire, Empathize and Respect are the key factors to remember.
 
 
In the end, our club president Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Dr. Connell that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
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Susan Hennenfent explains her role as the Community Chair. Some of her KEY tasks are --
  1. Set up dates throughout the year for various community events that members can participate in.
  2. Key task is to coordinate with venues and find enough volunteers.
  3. Stand Down is one of the major events where we contribute via funds and people.
  4. Play For Say is another big event that we contribute to.
  5. End of April is usually "Rotarians Work Day" and she coordinates a full-day event to build a home, etc. This year the club helped Savannah with the My First Home project and gave her keys to the new home that many Rotarians worked all day to build and furnish.
  6. End of the year is to coordinate with events for the holidays, such as, women with challenges organization, CRC for food distribution, etc.
 
1. Why did you choose that position? She said that it was LOT MORE fun to give out money than to ask for it :-). Also, she got tired of Bocce and wanted a change.
 
2. How would you improve it? Find more opportunities that sync with the members' interests.
 
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Bill Sutton and few other members visited the Solutions Farms Aquaponic farm this weekend, which happens to be the largest aquaponic farm in the west. They are a critical part of the organization Solutions For Change that solves the problem of family homelessness. DMSB donated $25,000 towards the purchase of this refrigerated truck.
 
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Janice Kurth’s (Rotary District Foundation Committee Chairperson at Rotary District 5340) talk covered the Rotary foundation including its Mission of building peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, supporting mothers and children, and helping to grow local economies. she explained how giving to the annual fund comes back to our club when we do district grants and global grants.

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

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

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

Janice also mentioned that the Rotary foundation received a four-star rating from charity navigator, which rates all foundations in the United States. The Rotary foundation was voted the number one foundation into 2016 where 92% of donations are put to work in the programs and only 6% goes to fund raising expenses and a paltry 2% for administrative cost.
 
 
Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Janice that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
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We also had a guest today from Bangalore, India - Mr. M. Krishnamurthy.
 
 
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The event started with George Sousa giving a talk about his wonderful experience as part of the honored list of folks chosen to fly on the "Honor Flight" from San Diego to Washington D.C. and back with full royal treatment! Following that we had an excellent talk by Michael Gonzales.
 
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Michael Gonzales gave gives talks on various topics, such as, ideas about telling a story in a fun way that captures audience attention, how to avoid writer's block, etc.
 
Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Michael that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
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San Diego airport was packed with friends and families of all the Honor Flight veterans. There were several members from our DMSB club there to greet George Sousa! The above picture shows George's American Airlines flight #9459 on it's way to San Diego from Washington D.C.
 
 
 
 
 
Terminal 2 was packed with veterans, families and friends all waving the American flag. We ll arrived there around 2:30 pm and the first veteran rolled down the aisle around 3:30 pm. There was music and excitement all around.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
They announced that the oldest veteran on the Honor Flight was 99 years old! Finally after about 30-40 minutes we saw George walking down the aisle with his wife Lou. It was pretty emotional and exciting!
 
 
In the end we saw the founder of Honor Flight San Diego Dave Smith walk down the aisle!
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Sara Schairer is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit "Compassion It" whose mission is to inspire compassionate actions and attitudes. She can be seen above providing a guided meditation class to make the audience more mindful of their compassionate actions in life.
 
Sara is a Stanford-certified compassion facilitator and leads trainings globally for people of all ages and backgrounds, including inmates, business leaders, students, educators, and healthcare providers. She was a contributing author to the book "The Neuroscience of Learning and Development" and also writes for The Chopra Center. An interesting fact is that she was the female vocalist in a local indie band that broke up in 2015.
 
 
She explains that there are many varieties of social issues in the world - hunger, divisive country on racial issues, bullying, hatred, etc. She points out there are several solution proposed and she looks at her doc Scout and says that is the definition of "Compassion" since dog's love every person whether that person is rich, poor, homeless or a criminal.
 
Her passion for this movement started when she was divorced early with her little daughter. She went through various challenges for several years until one days she saw a show of Ellen DeGeneres with a person talking about compassion. That changed her life completely and the idea of the phrase and company name "Compassion It" came to her, which makes compassion a verb and a movement!
 
She was dealt with another tragedy when her father got hit by a truck and was killed instantly in 2004. So she stared making T-shirts with the "Compassion It" logo and giving it out at Yoga clubs and other events.
 
 
Then she came up with the idea of a wrist band that had a purpose. It was designed with flippable colors so that one side was a different color and the other side was white. She suggested that wearers should flip the band each time they do an act of compassion. A girl in UK demonstrated and explained this well on a video that went viral. Later 2 high-school girls set up a fundraising event and people were lined up outside the school and they sold all the bands in 42 minutes. These bands can be purchased from her site at Compassion It Store.
 
She says there are about 140,000 bands in use all over the world! She was with the President of Botswana distributing the bands to the office staff and other folks there. She found out that Stanford in CA offers a course on compassion training at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and she got certified 5 years ago as a teacher and now offers various courses to inmates in prisons, business leaders and healthcare providers.
 
 
Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Sara that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
 
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Patricia Case explains her role as the Social Chair. Some of her KEY tasks are --
  1. Be creative and cost-conscious.
  2. An example was the fabulous event we had for the 25th anniversary celebrations of our club.
  3. Keep nagging people to RSVP for events as early as possible to get the best possible rates from venues.
1. Why did you choose that position? Said Bill pushed her into it :-).
 
2. How would you improve it? Stop working :-). Other than that some members suggested having events at potential Bocce sponsors that own restaurants.
 
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Susan Hennenfent reminded everyone about the Aquaponics Farm Tour event on May 19th. Members also get to see the new refrigerated truck donated by our club. Here is a copy of her earlier message.
 
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The DMSB Rotary club is  scheduled for a Aquaponics Farm Tour  with Solutions for Change on Saturday, May 19th at 10 am.  The tour will be about 90 minutes. It is a really interesting tour. We will get to see the refrigerated van that was purchased with our Foundation funds.
 
Please let me know if you are planning on attending-Guests are welcome. The Solutions Farm is located at 948 La Rueda Drive, Vista CA 92084.  Parking is limited, so please try to carpool. 
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Duane Trombly is a long time member of San Diego’s business community.  He started his career as a county program director for substance abuse services.  He was a catalyst in opening the first substance abuse treatment program in  Western Michigan. Transitioning into the high tech area he spent 30 years with leading edge companies that were ground breakers in the personal computer space.  But now he has come full circle, founding Confidential Recovery a substance abuse treatment facility for working adults who require a high level of confidentiality for their treatment. He will share with us the status of the current national opioid crisis and its impact in San Diego. He was on the board of Just In Time for Foster Youth.
 
He started off with explaining the definition of OPIOID. He said the best way to understand that is to think of "Morphine" and "Heroin". That's how addictive opioids are! It seems of 95% of the opioids are consumed in the USA! Initially it was used for end-of-life treatments for cancer patients. But then in 1995 a company known as Purdue Pharma founded by the Sackler brothers developed the prescription painkiller OxyContin that became a blockbuster medication. It was a long-lasting narcotic that helped patients suffering from moderate to severe pain. It has reportedly generated some thirty-five billion dollars in revenue for Purdue! The opioid crisis story was aired on CBS' 60-minutes around October 2017.
 
Apparently, when he went for a root-canal his dentist in the end prescribed Vicodin and the prescription was for 10 days to be used 4 times a day! He says that many adults don't use it and they just leave these unused meds in the medicine cabinet within easy reach for teenagers! Many people go for open house tours of homes and search all medicine cabinets for such prescriptions & sell these opioids or use it for their own addiction! Real estate agents have a protocol to inform all sellers to remove any medications from their cabinets prior to any open house sessions.
 
April 28th happens to be "Take Back Drug Day" when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sets up collection centers to take back all unused medications. It is strongly recommended to take unused meds to these centers instead of dumping into the flush as it can pollute the waters. He says many people shun treatments due to shame and embarrassment. Family & friends support is critical to get an addict under control. Apparently, every addict impacts at least 7 family members and friends in their circle of influence!
 
DMSB member and doctor Gary Schneiderman suggest the book "Crooked: Outwitting The Back Pain Industry ..." as a remarkable book that talks about the opioid addiction. The book is available on Amazon.
 
Confidential Recovery is an organized started by Duane to treat such patients that are addicted to opioids. They provide a medically supervised DETOX process. They also conduct mindfulness training. He says that majority of his patients are females that are traumatized due to sexual abuse and end up taking opioids for treatments. Similarly, he sees a large population of doctors and police officers, who are subject to heavy stress environments.
 
 
Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Duane that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
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Charles Foster explains his role as the Public Relations Chair. Some of his KEY tasks are --
  1. Provide photos and articles for publishing in local newspapers and magazines.
  2. Has been doing this for over 10 years and taking pictures of important events, speakers, etc. until Sanjiv took over the photos and blogging on web site.
  3. He says that our club has been taking and publishing more photos and articles compared to the Del Mar club.
  4. Also works on planning and preparing early literatures for the annual Bocce fundraising event.
1. Why did you choose that position? He doesn't know :-).  Said it suits his interests.
 
2. How would you improve it? Follow Jan's example on keeping a log book with details.
 
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Susan Hennenfent and Suzanne Sutton updated us about the preparations for the Rotarians At Work Day on April 28, 2018 in Tijuana. They plan to construct a house for a single mother with kids. Susan and Suzanne went out shopping with the family to buy the essentials. The family had no idea what a mattress pad was for and were very excited to get into their new home.
 
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Ken announced the presentation of 2 new BLUE BADGES for the Red badgers Gary Schneiderman and Molly Fleming :-).
 
CONGRATULATIONS to Molly & Gary!
 
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Kevin Cahill delivered his "What I Do" talk and described his role as Youth Chair in the Youth Exchange RYLA program and Model UN programs.
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Following that we had Julie Marner from Burundi International talk about her various projects of teaching English to the young and the old in Burundi. Julie Marner is the Executive Director of Burundi Friends International (BFI), a San Diego based non-profit working to reduce extreme poverty in Burundi, East Africa. Julie oversees BFI's programming, funding and implementation of projects.
Her love for Burundi grew in 2011 when she taught English at Light University. With no resources except a blackboard and a piece of chalk, Julie taught English Communication to 70 college students for 4 hours each day and since then, her passion to create more opportunities for Burundians hasn't stopped. Julie's other career is as a musician having played at local churches for the past 20 years. 
 
 
 
She talked about helping the poor Burundian students of middle school and high school to teach English in schools so that they can advance to colleges and universities in and outside Burundi. There are about 500,000 orphans in Burundi. It costs about $1000 per student per year of college. The Del Mar Rotary club has initiated a $55,000 grant for shipping English text books to Burundi schools. BFI now has over 3000 volunteer teachers. The number of BFI clubs and students have increased significantly since 2011 as seen in about charts.
 
More information can be found at Burundi International.
 
 
Bill Sutton awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Julie that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
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William (Bill) Lawrence has served as Executive Director of the San Diego History Center since February 2016 after joining the History Center in July 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining the History Center Bill’s professional career spanned three decades with the KFMB Stations (KFMB-TV, AM & FM), providing a “front row seat” to the history being made in our region. For more than a decade Bill was also an adjunct faculty member of Southwestern Community College having taught broadcast writing, photography and production.
 
He gave an excellent talk about the various artifacts and collections that he has accumulated at the SD History Center. The original name was San Diego History Society, which later changed to San Diego History Center. He said there are about 45 million documents in their collection and one priceless document they found 7 years ago was a document signed by Abraham Lincoln using his full signature as shown below!
 
 
He also distributed some interesting pictures to club members based on who could answer some puzzles :-). He had pictures of the demolition of an ancient victorian tower from 1914, and the picture of Lucy & Ricky (from the Here's Lucy television show) enjoying the horse races at the Del Mar racetrack.
 
 
 
He added that they have about 2.5 million photos, 17,000 objects and a special diary of Victoria Jacobs, who wrote her life story in it but died during child birth. In the end he mentioned about a big dinner/reception event on April 21st called the "Makers of San Diego History". Tickets can be purchased at the link above.
 
 
The public viewing timings for the History Center are from Wed to Fri from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. During other days the public can setup appointments. More information can be found at https://sandiegohistory.org/san_diego_history_center/.
 
Since Bill Sutton is on vacation. Vicky Mallett was the substitute club President today and awarded the Joshua Malawi school certificate to Bill that represents donation of school supplies by DMSB to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
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Paul Butler gave a detailed outline of his role as the Foundation Chair (FC). He said he loves it so much that he will be the Foundation Chair next year also :-). He showed Jan Parsons' USB drive that had all the information that Jan collected during her role as FC. Some of his KEY tasks are --
  1. Monitor and make sure the club is still in the EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) category - minimum $25  donation from every member.
  2. Send out emails to all members about the various awards, such as Paul Harris, EREY, etc.
  3. Present the Paul Harris pin and award to all members that contribute $1,000 or more each year.
  4. Mail all the checks back to Chicago office.
  5. Get all the reports online about the various awards and inform all members.
  6. Attend the Foundation seminar in fall.
  7. Deposit all the checks collected for Bocce to the Bocce account.
  8. Club's current cash balance is $52,000 after donating $25k towards the Solutions for Change van.
1. Why did you choose that position? He chose that since he saw Charles and Jan do this and wanted to follow their footsteps :-).
 
2. How would you improve it? Bringing some videos to show to the club and motivate other members.
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Susan Hennenfent showed pictures of DMSB's recognition on the Solutions for Change delivery van. Our club donated $25,000 towards the purchase of the van.
 
She also announced that Reality Changers has selected our Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary Club to participate in the Malin Burnham Awards as a 2018 honoree for the "Reality Changers 100" - an elite group of San Diego leaders and organizations that have changed the reality of San Diego and are most emblematic of Malin Burnham's motto of "Community Before Self."
 
** Winners will be determined by online voting so we need all members' & freinds' help. 
 
Please go to the following LINKwww.Malin.RealityChangers.org/Vote.
 
Vote once a day in the category "Most-Admired Service Organization" until April 26th.   Please also post it on your social media sites and invite your friends and families to vote for us.  
 
In addition to voting, join us on May 8th at UCSD to learn who has won the award for Most-Admired Service Organization in San Diego by purchasing tickets to the award ceremony.  100% of proceeds will support students at Reality Changers. 
 
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Malcolm gave a quick update on Bocctoberfest. He said that the venue contract has been signed and that the date is Sunday September 30, 2018 at the Surf Cup Sports Park. His budget for this year is $85K but to net $65K.
 
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Jan announced about the wonderful honor being bestowed on our own George Sousa, who was picked to be an Honor Flight recipient for his service in the Korean War. He will be flying with 80 other WWII and Korean veterans on a charter jet to Washington DC where he will be wined and dined and treated with great honor & respect as they visit various DC memorials from May 4-6. Jan has emailed more details to all members. George knows of his selection.
 
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Finally, I received some pictures form Bill & Suzanne Sutton after they attended the RIGA International Rotary club in Riga, which is the capital of Latvia. They had wonderful lunch there and exchanged the club flags.
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April 7th & 8th was a grand Model UN conference that Kevin & his student volunteer team put together with great success. Sanjiv Prabhakaran was the MUN advisor for the team sponsored by DMSB - Sophia Sugarman from Canyon Crest Academy and Lauren Degner from Mt. Carmel High. The event was held at the Joan Kroc Institute of Peace & Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego. The meeting was kicked off by Kevin Cahill, Youth Chair at DMSB, Andy Blum, the Executive Director at IPJ, and Scott Carr, the District Governor for San Diego Rotary District 5340.
 
 
 
 
 
There were 98 students (49 teams) representing 49 different countries. Each team had 2 students, one researching on Resolution #1 (to include Palestine as a member of the United Nations) and the other researching on Resolution #2 (to protect the oceans from plastic waste). The students went through 2 days of speech presentations, amendments to the resolutions, caucus meetings, etc. In the process they establish new friendships, learn about team collaboration, negotiations and the process of reaching consensus.
 
 
 
 
Saturday night was a dinner banquet where the parents and guests were invited to attend a keynote talk by Kevin M. Kennedy, former U.N. Assistant Secretary General and a grand dinner. This was followed by an emergency news alert about Russia hacking elections in other countries and that they are launching attach on Kurdistan, that was actually a mock news item presented by Channel 8 News as an exercise for the students to go into caucus and find a peaceful resolution to that situation.
 
 
 
Next day the students all met to review the amendments and cast the final vote on each resolution. It took about 2 hours of deliberation on resolution-1 but resolution-2 was quickly passed as there was major agreement on that ocean cleanup issue.
 
 
 
 
Finally, we had the "Thank You" talk by Kevin and many students and the Secretary General. And then the secretary generals gave out funny award certificates to each student based on their behavior during the various sessions. Sophia received the award that she would throw her shoe at anyone to make her point and Lauren was the person who would bribe people with fortune cookies. And finally the conference ended with the group taking a good and funny picture :-).
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Ev Meade is Director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, where he leads certificate programs in peace building and human rights in the areas of Mexico most affected by the drug war, and directs the Trans-Border Opportunities Certificate Program, a field-based introduction to the politics, places, people, and products that define the U.S.-Mexico border.  Before coming to USD in 2014, Dr. Meade was a professor in the History Department and co-founder of the Human Rights Program at UC San Diego.  Dr. Meade served as an expert witness in immigration courts across the country, in dozens of asylum cases involving Mexican nationals fleeing the current wave of violence.  He regularly briefs U.S. law enforcement and foreign service officers on country conditions in Mexico and he is a frequent Op-Ed contributor on related issues. He delivered a highly charged and motivational talk about the peace building process in violence ridden states of Mexico.
 
 
His childhood roots are from the Mexican state of Sinaloa (the place of notorious El Chappo), which ranks 30 out of 31 with regards to violence. He says that there is a huge gap between the positive and negative peace factor. According to Ev, foreigners are not targeted in these places. Executions are usually tied to gang-related or to extract information or to keep some secrets silent.
 
 
He promotes and teaches the "I Am Somebody" principles that was originally started by Jesse Jackson back in 1972. The key principles are, Recognition, Positive Support and Integration. He encourages people to visit Mexico since it is one of the financial powerhouses for the Spanish world and is one of the 15th wealthiest countries. Every other week he takes 10-15 students into one of these problematic states so that his students can experience first-hand process of peace building.
 
 
He is on the board of 7 different organizations, such as, one that prevents violence in agricultural communities, another one that collects testimonies & narratives of life in contemporary Culiacán, one for developing secure and effective mechanisms to document and report abuses of power, etc. In the end stand-in President Jan Parsons presented Ev with the Joshua School donation certificate that represents donation of school supplies to schools in Malawi in the name of the speaker.
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The Model UN event is this coming weekend (April 7 & 8) and so we had the team sponsored by our club give their speeches as a practice session for their real speeches this weekend. Sophia Sugarman from Canyon Crest HS prepared her research on the resolution #2 about reducing the ocean pollution and Lauren Degner from Mt. Carmel High presented her research on the resolution #1 about including Palestine as a member of the United Nations. Sophia was accompanied by her dad Scott Sugarman, who is a veteran Model UN advisor and advised students for many years. Lauren was accompanied by her mother Carol Degner. Both students gave excellent speeches and were ready for the MUN conference.
 
 
We had a guest today from the El Segundo club (Shannon Majid). She was attending an Auto show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and decided to drop in at our meeting.
 
Then we had Sanjiv Prabhakaran give his "What I Do" talk. He is responsible for the weekly Programming and maintaining the website blogs. He said his key strategy on program speakers is to find people from the local newspapers, from other events that he attends and referrals from various club members. He starts to communicate with the speakers well in advance and get their date commitments and find out how flexible they are to switch at a short notice in case the next speaker is sick or needs to change dates. He uses an email template to request all necessary information from the speakers well in advance. He tried to book speakers 3-4 months in advance. At this point he has all slots filled until middle of August 2018.
 
As far as the web site he takes down brief notes at the events and few pics and writes up the blogs soon after the event so there is a record of each event and it helps to spread the story to new potential members.
 
 
1. Why did you choose that position? He loves meeting new people and understanding their passion of projects that they can share with our members. As far as website since he is technical he enjoys that stuff.
 
2. How would you improve it? By looking for new ways to integrate Bocce website with auction site and attract more passionate speakers to come and talk.
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Since 1997, Greg Snaer has been a vibrant part of the TERI Family. Starting as an instructor at the Learning Academy, he has since worked and led many programs and initiatives at TERI, leaving an indelible mark on each one. Greg has weaved his passion for artistic expression into launching art, music, theatre, and yoga programs at TERI. Greg’s belief in Collective Impact is evident in his work with legacy planning and his passion and involvement in helping the community to connect with people with special needs.
“When not working he enjoys: community projects, yoga, musical performance, outdoor activities, and family life.”
 
Matthew Anderson started his career with TERI in 2014 at The Learning Academy, one of TERI’s Non-Public Schools. After a few years working in direct programming and behavioral support services, he chose to pursue an opportunity working in development. Matthew has a deep passion for serving individuals with special needs and their families, and looks forward to the completion of TERI’s Campus of Life! Matthew holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Concordia University Chicago and is an IALQ certified Special Needs Life Quality Coach.
“When not working he enjoys: camping, volunteering at church, hiking, traveling with his wife, playing music, and a good cup of tea!”
 
They showed a video that described TERI's program. According to Greg, 1 out 5 kids are in the special needs spectrum and need some help in coping with day-to-day activities. TERI is building a "Campus of Life" center on a 20-acre plot in Sam Marcos. The Equestrian is already operational and the kids love this as it soothes and calms their nerves when they touch these animals & ride on them. At their current location, TERI has about 12 resident homes where they house such challenged kids, they have day programs and 2 children schools. The new location is a $45 Million project and they need about $20 Million more to complete the campus.
 
 
In the end they invited the entire club to visit their facilities in Oceanside and see these kids in action. Bill Sutton at the end presented Greg with the Malawi Joshua School certificate where DMSB donates school supplies on behalf of the speaker's name.
 
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Malcolm Koll comes back with a beard after visiting Norway to see the Northern Lights :-). He will be the new co-chair for Bocce along with Bill Sutton. The date has been finalized for Sep 29 and 30 at the east end of the Surf Cup Sports Park. He gave a quick vision of how the Bocce event is going to be re-organized this time with more fun by bringing in a theme of Oktoberfest and hence registered the name Bocctoberfest as the new theme. His goal is to raise over $100,000 within 3 years. Charles and Molly talked about their Marketing and Sales approach and how they need every member to participate. Sanjiv and Charlotte briefed about the approach to Auction, Raffles and other forms of income-generating ideas.
 
 
Then we had Jon Fish give a quick briefing about his role as the Treasurer and his past role as Bocce Chair.
 
As Treasurer he has to make sure he tallies up all the "Happy Dollars" collected at each event, the Polio funds and Fines. He has to reconcile the Del Mar and San Diego foundation accounts. He manages all the finance and tax related work. He gets some reconciling bank accounts and verification help from a consultant (Michelle), who gets paid $75/month. 
 
As Bocce Chair he had to coordinate all sub-committees, manage getting all volunteers, find the field and negotiate the prices, arrange all the staffing and other miscellaneous tasks.
 
1. Why did you choose that position? He loves finance and has been doing it for a long time.
 
2. How would you improve it? By adding credit card payments instead of checks.
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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.
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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!
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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 :-).
 
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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FEEDING SAN DIEGO + DEL MAR-SOLANA BEACH ROTARY
 
 
 
 
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.
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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.
 
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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."
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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!"
 
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