February 2018
Past President
Club Service Chair
Community Service Chair
International Service
Awards Chair
Vocational Service Chair
Web Administrator
RYLA Coordinator
Youth Service
Interact Coordinator
Club Bulletin Coordinator
Public Relations
Program Chair
The Rotary Foundation
Sgt of Arms
MB Rotary Club Historian
District Governor
MBRC Foundation Treasurer
Youth Exchange Chair
Club PRLS Coordinator
MBRC Foundation Director


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Welcome to Rotary Club of Morro Bay!

Welcome to Rotary Club of Morro Bay!

Morro Bay

Service above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Morro Bay Golf Course
201 State Park Road
Morro Bay, CA  93442
United States
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Service Above Self
February 13, 2018
Invocation:  Melissa
Pledge to the Flag:  Jeff Jones
Joke:  Pete....Dr. Geezer and Dr. Young
Visiting Rotarians:  Not today
Guests of Rotarians: 
Judy brought Bonnie Jones
Thanks to Pete and Kathi for hosting our social on Saturday night.  We had good food and an interesting presentation about our Sri Lanka Pre-school Project by Hans Dahlin and his wife.  It is fun to get together and visit with those you may not sit with during our club time.  We are planning another social for sometime in May. 
March Madness is coming up with an opportunity for anyone to pick a bracket for $20.00.  At the end of the NCAA tournament, whoever happened to rack up the most points based on their picks, will be awarded a Paul Harris.
               Pete Starlings & Katherine Gillen received their yellow badges today. 
     Two great additions to our Club - keep inviting your friends, they will be glad you did. 
There will be an Electronic Waste Recycle event at the Los Osos Methodist Church on Feb. 24 from 9am to 1pm.  Bring printers, phones, VCRs, Stereos, Fax machines etc. to be recycled. 
Next Tuesday after our Club Meeting, we will have a Crab Feed meeting that might last for an hour or two to finalize our plans for the event.   If you are interested in helping....Please stay for this meeting.  The Morro Bay High School Crab Feed is March 3rd; we will start promoting ours on March 4th.  If each of us sells five tickets, we will sell out.    We will have five weeks to sell the tickets. 
Doug brought four boxes to be shipped to veterans overseas.  The cost is a little under $17.00; you can either take a box, or just give Doug the money, and he will take the box to the post office.
May 11th is the Golf Tournament....start thinking about businesses you know who would want to be a sponsor, donate raffle prizes or provide golf goodie bag items.
Jan donated a coupon from Sweet Offerings for chocolate covered strawberries........Heidi bought it for $20.00.  Thanks, Jan.
Jude went to PETS on the weekend....she is very grateful for the opportunity.  Her husband also went and enjoyed it.
Dale won the free lunch and Judy used her exemption to encourage everyone to pick up a Bay News because she wrote an article about the Shell Shop.  Pete and Lou discussed family members who work for WINC ...a huge wine company.  Chuck is off to Alaska next week where it is minus 8 at night.  He loves it!!  Sara was in Cancun for six days for an Edward Jones event.
Fines:   Heidi’s birthday...$10.00, Ken fined $10.00 but Pete paid it...Steve fined $10.00.
Our speaker was Chief Knuckles who said this summer was the busiest the fire department has ever had.....they spent 87 days on assignment.  Our Mutual Aid system is the best in California.  The Command System and the Coordination with law enforcement were good decisions that helped evacuate people and fight the fire.  What went wrong?  Mother Nature.....mainly high winds and low humidity.  Northern California Fires involved 11,000 firefighters.  The Thomas Fire involved 10,500 firefighters.  Morro Bay participated with five engines and 22 personnel as part of the Strike Team.  This year they were able to use a Military Drone to spot the fires....instead of a helicopter.  The cost was $1500/hour, but well worth it.    There will not be voluntary evacuation anymore.....only mandatory.   Thank you Chief and our wonderful Morro Bay Fire Department!!
John Weiss said “Celebrate Rotary” is our District 5240 theme for this year.    John was scheduled to be in Monticeto on the day of the mudslide.  We have over 3,000 members in our District so we are able to help in these California disasters.  Six hours after the mudslide, there were two pages filled with the names of Rotarians willing to give a room in their home to someone needing a place to stay.  Several Rotarians were impacted by the fire and mudslide but they have a good attitude and their motto is “The Best Days are Still Ahead”.
  Thanks to Kathi and Pete for bringing a Valentine Rose for everyone who attended the meeting   today.  
Next week’s speaker will be Lori French....talking about commercial fishing on the central coast...especially crab fishing.  You won’t want to miss this craft talk!!
Morro Bay Rotary Club
February 6, 2018
Meeting called to order by Prez Pete
Invocation:  Michael Shaffron
Pledge:   Scott Harp
We then read through the Four Way Test and greeted our friends
Joke:    Pete....police officer joke.
Guest Rotarians:   Sherry Sims, Cayucos Rotary
Guest of Rotarians:   Mike S. brought Stephan from France who enjoyed visiting with Max.    Janice House with the Honor Flight Program who came with our speaker, Greg McGill; Rick Grantham brought friend and travel-mate, John Gajdos, another Honor Flight volunteer; Kasey brought Tony, a friend who will be going on an Honor Flight.
Mike P said there was progress with the roundabout, with a special thanks to Katherine who came out to help!!!
Katherine brought info about the Mardi Gras Mixer at Fitness Works on Wednesday, February 7.....5:30-7:30.
Come for DINNER/SOCIAL time at Pete and Kathi’s house on Saturday the 10th.   We will start at 5:30 with wine and snacks, then a short presentation by Hans about the pre-school in Siri Lanka which our club has supported.    Next we will have dinner with meats prepared by Brickhouse BBQ.   For those who want to stay later, we have a couple of games planned.
Heidi said Master PURLS will be in Santa Maria the weekend of Feb 23-25.
Max said he visited Hearst Castle and also he is very pleased that his movie will be in the SLO Film Festival.  Also he loves baseball, and the MB baseball team is looking for sponsors.
Pete is putting out a challenge to our club ....let’s get 10 new members, 10 PHF and 5 new bequests to Rotary in this year.
Arbor Day is April 27......we are considering planting trees in Morro Bay or the Montecito area in honor of this national holiday.
Next meeting we will consider approving Melissa for our 2019/20 President after Jude and Lou for our 2020 /21 President after Melissa.
Nick said we have set Friday, May 11th for our 9 hole golf tournament; we will be looking for sponsors, golfers and golfer bag goodies.  Other activities our club is involved with are The Crab Feed on April 7, The Kite Festival on April 28 & 29th, and the Car Show on May 4, 5,and 6.     SAVE THE DATES for these fun and important events!!!!
Judy won the exemption .....she said she would like to see some of us at the Human Trafficking conference at Oxnard.  
Football questions by Pete....Dave fined $20.00, Rick $10.00, Steve Carnes  $10.00, Judy $10.00 paid by Rick, John  $30.00, Ken Stilts for $30.00
Judy introduced Honor Flight Program speaker, Greg Mcgill (also with the Kern Co Fire Dept) and Janice House, Honor
Flight volunteer extraordinaire.  He originally went on an Honor Flight as a guardian and was so impressed with the
organization; he felt that we should have a chapter here.  As of this date, 200 veterans from SLO County have gone to
Washington D.C. to see their memorials at no cost to them.  Honor Flight was started in 2005 and there are now 135 HUBS
in the U.S.  The top priority goes to WWII veterans and any other veteran with a terminal disease.   Any veteran who served
in the military is eligible.  It is a busy three days for the vets starting with a 6am departure on Day #1.  The second day they
visit Memorials honoring the veterans who served during WWII, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War.  They also visit
the Lincoln, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Memorials.  The third day they return home.   Wheelchairs are provided for all vets and they are given priority everywhere they go.  So far 150,000 vets have gone on the Honor Flights.  Greg has been on seven flights and he knows  how Honor Flights change lives.  
Our next week’s speakers will be Chief Knuckles and John Weiss speaking on the Montecito Fires.
Inspirational quote of the day was by Warren Buffet.
Doug brought boxes to be mailed.



JANUARY 30, 2018


Meeting called to order by Prez Pete

Invocation by: Ken Stilts

Flag Salute led by:  Carla Wixom

Joke:  by Pete.....  “Ali Oop”

Guest Rotarian:   Ruth Ann Angus

Guests of Rotarians:

Rachel Pass from the Estuary Program

Lisa Babb was here for the second time

Carla brought Nancy Johnson and Jeff Eckles

Judy brought Bertha Tyler and our speaker Scott Collins

Chamber “Living Treasure”, Lori French was with us and has $10.00 tickets for the Central Coast Women of Fisheries enchilada dinner on February 3 at the Community Center.   She says she will use the tiara for good and not evil.  

Mike Pond announced a social at Prez Petes house on Saturday, February 10th.  Cost is $10.00/person for a tri tip, chicken etc. dinner and a special speaker, Hans Dahlin.   Bring your special person and come and enjoy an evening with  friends and food.  

Saturday, Feb. 3rd is roundabout cleanup @ 9am.....come and help.

Mutts for the Bay program...Rachel Pass said last year  371,000 bags were taken from the dispensers.  She had a photo of our Rotary dispenser near the Rock.  The Estuary Program is grateful to our Club for our contribution toward the Mutt Mitts. 

Heidi told about the PRLS classes in Santa Maria .

Andrea gave out packets with essays on the Four Way Test to be read by volunteers.   Each packet had 46 essays.

Cayucos Rotary has reserved a table for our club at the Masquerade Ball on March 17.   Cost is $75.00....hands were raised and our table was filled.    It will be a fun evening!!

John Weiss....thanked us for our support, and announced several events coming up.   Rotary Club of Santa Monica has donated $10,000 to help with the Thomas Fire devastation.    Trees are $45.00 if our club or individuals want to contribute.   We may want to plant a tree for everyone in our club.

Melissa is selling Girl Scout Cookies on behalf of our Jr. Rotarian Stella......pay her now ...or pay her later.  She was fined herself $10.00 for this ad

Free Lunch went to #63...Nancy.

Fines...super bowl questions.....Jamie fined $10.00, Steve Carnes fined $20.00, Don fined $10.00, Mike $10.00, Steve $10.00, Dan fined $10.00, Heidi not fined, Jude not fined,

Guest Speaker was Morro Bay’s new City Manager, Scott Collins.  

Interviewed in September, he has had a good feeling about all his interactions with the people in this community.  He is still learning and listening to

community members.  Hope is the bond in any community.   The WRF is of course, top priority.  Financial concerns are on the top of the list too because of

past spending.  Many people want our town to stay just like it is, but we also have to keep up with what is going on around us.  Lori mentioned the needs

for commercial fishermen.   Melissa said she installed a rain water system six years ago to hook up a gray water system but apparently it is against the law in Morro Bay - will this change?    Mike asked about the off shore wind farm.  Jamie asked if the City is planning to terminate their contract with State Water.  John asked about the sewer project and the fact that all meetings have been recorded and we are all concerned about the cost of it.  Is it possible to connect with Cayucos?  Scott said, “No, they are moving ahead without us”.   Carla asked about the Embarcadero area leases that have been taken over by the City - City Council decided to go out with a broker team to try and figure out what to do with the area.   

50/50 won by Mike Pond.....donated it to the Interact Club.

Pete’s thought for today was from Budda. “What you think, you will become”.    Someone at our table said that’s not true because she has been thinking young and thin and its not happening.  

Next weeks speaker will be talking about the Honor Flights Program.   See you next week.   Ecasida

JANUARY 23, 2018
Meeting called to order by Prez Pete
Invocation by:  Dan
Pledge to flag:  Katherine
Joke:   Pete....Many small jokes....fun and funny!!
Guest Rotarians:  Ruth Ann Angus; it was also nice to have Bryan Griffiths and Lori French with us today.
Guest of Rotarians:   Andrea brought her husband, Mike, to celebrate their 4th anniversary.  Sarah brought Antonio Reyes who is her new assistant.    Lisa Babb came because she has recently moved here and wants to get busy in our community.
We will have a Club Social at Pete’s house on Saturday, February 10th starting at 5:30.  Our special guest will be Hans Dahlin, who with the help of our Club has sponsored pre schools in Sri Lanka.  It will be a great time to get together for food, fellowship and fun; significant others are more than welcome to join us.  Cost is $10.00....food will be from Brickhouse BBQ.....come and learn about another thing our Club has done to help others. 
Jude announced Book Sales at the MB library on Jan. 27, May 19 and Sept. 29th.  There is also a book store at the library with proceeds going to Friends of the Library.  All proceeds from the book sale will be used in our own library.
Lori is selling tickets for the Women for Fisheries Smoked Albacore Enchilada sale.
Heidi said PRLS is coming up in Santa Maria the weekend of February 23-25.  The cost is $250.00 which the Club will pay, and anyone can take some of the classes if the entire weekend is too much OR all of the classes and get your Master PRLS certification.
Roundabout cleanup at 9:00 on the 3rd......come one...come all!!
Andrea is working on the Four Way Test and will be in touch with her readers soon.
Our Guest Speaker today was Wade Nomura, a Past District Governor and member of the Carpentaria Club.  He met the Board before the meeting to go over
some of the details of the PHF.  He spoke on the Rotary Foundation, which is the organization that uses our funds to do much good around the globe.  The main
focus for Wade is Water and Sanitation, Basic Education, Disease Prevention, Community and Economic Development, Child and Maternal Health, Rotary Scholars,
and Vocational Training Team. 
We have Sister Districts with Clubs in Korea (2) and Mexico and Sister Clubs in Mexico, Chile, Bangladesh, etc., so you have friends everywhere.
Polio Plus.....including corrective surgeries, Immunization Days.
Ways to Participate:
Benefactor...$1,000.00 donation per year
Bequest Society....Designate Rotary Foundation in your will/trust. 
Presidents Theme Annual Fund......Ties and scarves designed by the current RI president.  
Andrea’s husband, Mike, won the 50/50
Mary brought to my attention that the very interesting Mind Walks Lecture Series is happening on Mondays at the Inn at Morro Bay.    January 29th will be about The Geological Diversity of SLO County.   
Next week’s speaker will be the new City Manager in Morro Bay....
Enjoy your week......see you soon.   Ecasida
JANUARY 16, 2018
Meeting called to order by Prez Pete
Invocation by:  Nick
Pledge of Allegiance:  Heidi
Song:   Auld Lang Syne
Joke:   Pete....Lady Airplane pilot....
Guest Rotarians:  Kathryn and Mary Helen from Palm Desert
Guests of Rotarians:
Rich Reidel brought his wife Linda, to celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary, and to keep from being fined.
Heidi introduced our speaker, Tom Potter
Claire Grantham was here with Rick
Kathrine Gillen who works at the Chamber was brought here for the last time by Lou as today she is being
inducted into the Club.   Don welcomed her with a packet of info, a MB Rotary pin, and her Red Badge.   She
spoke for a few minutesand was welcomed by all of us with a standing ovation.   Welcome Katherine and
thank you, Lou, for bringing her to our Club. 
Roundabout cleanup February 3 at 9:00am.
Satisfaction Survey Results ...printed out on the table.  Our satisfaction score was +82.   Please take a couple of minutes to fill these out when they come to your email box.
Jeff Jones said many members of our fire department have been in Montecito since the tragic mudslide.    It is a traumatic experience for them; Jeff asks us to keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
Heidi wants everyone to know about Master PRLS Weekend in Santa Maria  Feb 23 - Feb 25.   Cost is $250.00 for the weekend of classes.    You can register online.   Great opportunity to take the classes reasonably close to home.
 Heidi introduced Tom Potter, of CAPSLO.  This organization finds housing for homeless vets.   They will pay the security   deposit so that they can get into a home, give them temporary financial assistance, rental agreement education and other necessary services.    It is important to get the vet housed first and then they can work on other issues, such as mental health, PTSD and other issues.   This program is a short term program, up to 9 months.  They will paint a unit or whatever else might need to be done to keep a landlord happy.
Rich Reidel won the 50/50 and then donated it to Max for his train trip.  Max received $200 from our donation jar last week.  
Next weeks speaker will be Wade Namura.
Enjoy your week......see you soon.




January 9th, 2018
Meeting called to order by Prez Pete.....nice to have him back!!
Invocation:  Judy
Flag Salute:  Pete
Song:   Row, Row, Row your boat – rumor has it, the MBHS Baseball players were impressed.
Joke:   Pete....Three legged Chicken in the road...
Guests:   Heidi introduced Max who is now staying with them
Judy:       Bonnie Jones, today’s speaker
Melissa:   Teri Meyer
Lou:    Kathrine Gillen, soon to be our newest MB Rotarian
Sean, the MBHS Baseball coach and 2 of the team members were here to sell $50.00 tickets for their Annual Crab Feed at the Community Center on March 3rd.  They are also selling advertisements on the banner.  
We need a couple of Rotarians to read and grade the Four Way Tests.  Several hands went up, so that little problem was solved in a hurry.  Thank you to those who volunteered.
Heidi and Max gave a brief summary of his stay here.  Max thanked us for his cash Christmas present with which he bought a baseball glove.  He also bought new pants and new shirts so he is ready for the season.  If anyone wants to go to San Francisco and walk the Golden Gate Bridge with Max, he would love to do that.   Max has made a movie which is now on You-Tube;  go to “The E.N.D.” on You-Tube, you will see a picture of Max and the 25 minute video he made.  He is also really interested in watching a launch at Vandenburg so if anyone is interested in going, he would love to go along.  If you are going anywhere fun in the next six weeks, Max would love to go with you.  
Nick made an announcement about the monthly Chamber mixer which is being held on Wednesday, January 10th at 5:30 at Rabobank. 
The Fire and Ice Ball will be at the MB Community Center from 5:30-9:00pm on Friday, January 26th.  It is an evening of Community Awards hosted by the Chamber.
Jude and Matt co-chaired the Salvation Army Bell Ringing volunteers at Albertsons.   They said it was a successful endeavor and thanked all who participated. 
Our Crab Feed will be announced, advertised and tickets sold after the high school crab feed is either sold out or over.   It will be very simple this year...
Chuck Clarke’s birthday was January 5th and fined $10.00.
Mary said “Mind Walks” have started at 10:15am at the Inn at Morro Bay on Mondays during the winter months.
Jan Lewis said she had a date with Kareem Abdul Jabbar in 1977.
Her question from Pete was...”What is the first country to celebrate New Year’s Eve every year?”   New Zealand....Jan fined $10.00 in spite of who she knows.
Pete Starlings was fined $20.00 for not knowing the answer to his question. 
What country has the most people celebrating NYE.  Rio de Janeiro ......2,000,000 people gather.
Bonnie Jones has been involved in projects to help the homeless since they moved to Morro Bay.  She helped start Estero Bay Alliance for Care (EBAC), who now in their fifth year, have served over 100,000 meals to those in need.  They want to keep people from becoming homeless if possible as well as help those in need in our community.  They serve the community dinner at the Vets Hall on Monday nights between 5 and 6:30.   They serve approximately 85 people every Monday evening.    Who comes?   Families, seniors, homeless, and anyone else in need.   They are asking for help one night a month or more.   The food would be cooked in our homes and then brought to the Vets Hall.    There are many organizations that help each week.  We’ll be talking about this at our upcoming Board Meeting.
John Solu won the $37.00 50/50 and added it to the jar we passed around to contribute to Max for his 30 day train trip in the summer around the U.S.A.
Enjoy the weekend.....See you all next week for time with friends and interesting speakers.




DEC. 19, 2017
Invocation was individual silent meditations.
Pledge by Mike Shaffran
Joke by Mike, and we sang a Christmas song
Jan Lewis auctioned off pieces of Eggnog fudge with money going into the stocking we passed around for a “thank you” gift for the servers.
Anyone know which Rotary President said - ”the squirrels must be hungry......all the nuts are here tonight”.  Our own Rick Grantham at a Council meeting when he thought the mike was off. 
John Weiss got up and spoke for a few minutes about our district and how our clubs are doing many great things.  Santa Barbara Club is upbeat although some members have lost their homes in the fire.
Andrea talked about her new Honda Pilot and was fined per cup holder......maximum being $25.00.
Melissa said she just emailed the kids who signed up for RYLA – it’s a great group of kids.  
Still need bell ringers for Salvation Army on Thursday.   Those who have been involved say it is a great experience.
Lorraine will be a grandmother in June.    Dan said his wife, Linda, became a grandmother for the first time on Friday.
Gary said his wife stood up in church and announced that they have a room in the back of their home if someone from Santa Barbara needs a place to stay until things get better down south.  They had a couple, who went back home yesterday, take them up on this kind offer. 
Mike and Jeff gave us a few hints on fire fighting.....
Judy mentioned how much fun the Winterfest 12 Days was; especially the Santa Crawl.  
Special Christmas Memories from some of our Members:
Judy:   When her kids were middle school age, her dad was housebound and couldn’t tolerate the noise and confusion of having the whole family visit, so, they went to Pizza Hut, and had a lovely time.   The server was wonderful so  they left him a $20.00 tip, making his Christmas Very Merry.
Dan:   When he lived in Truckee he put up 62,000 Christmas lights; in Morro Bay he has downsized to 16,000 lights.   He talked about ministering to the homeless when he was with the Sheriff’s Dept. in Truckee where there were 33 homeless people living outside in the cold, cold weather.
Andrea:   When she was very young, she was allowed to sit on her dads lap and drive their Camaro down Candy Cane Lane at Christmas Time.  Her grandmother would make fudge and almond rocha which Andrea has since tried to make, but now will just go to Jan’s Sweet Offerings. 
Jude:   In the late 70s she went to Illinois on Christmas Eve where they went out for dinner in the Amish Community.   They ate dinner with an Amish family who had no  electricity, so they enjoyed their meal by the light from  oil lamps.   Everything was cooked in cast iron on wood stoves.   The chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, rolls etc. were all made in their own home, and she believes is the best she has ever tasted.
Jude shared with us a photo of her and her siblings taken in the 50’s.  They were all crying - very funny, Jude.   She brought her own original felt stocking, and felt tree skirt.   Christmas Eve they would hear sleigh bells, which are still used by  her cat to let the family know she wants out.  She got a doll named Sally which was a very special doll.
Chuck:  His family still loves to go to their cabin “Oak Hollow” in Cayucos  for Christmas.    Every year they have a theme; one year it was “the species cat”.   One year, their youngest grandchild cried and said she never wanted to leave; she still feels that way.    Chuck and Liz have a big family and as many of them as can, still love to gather for Christmas at ”Oak Hollow”.
Ken Stilts:   One Christmas Eve at 10:30 Ken had an emergency phone call.   It was someone needing a crown to be cemented back on.  He went to his office, cleaned out the tooth and cemented the crown back on.    The patient was so thankful and wanted to pay him, but Ken said he needed to go to the office anyway because he was hiding two surf boards there and needed to get them home before Christmas morning. 
Gary:   When he and Marlene were first married, they were stationed in Maine, where it was 40 below zero, but at Christmas time they would still cut their own tree.  Marlene decorated it with blue lights, blue bulbs and angel hair; it was beautiful.  On Christmas they left for a couple of days and when they got home the tree was a skeleton with lights and angel hair, it had dried out so much.  When he went to school in Montana, they did the same thing, going through deep snow to get a tree.   One time the neighbor boy got stuck in a snow bank, and Gary plucked him out.
Crab feed meeting at 11:00 on January 9th.  April 7th is the tentative date for the Crab Feed. 
The City wants to move our Santa House sometime after the 1st of the year, so we will get over there and get everything tied down.
50/50 won by Ken Stilts....$12.00...Merry Christmas, Ken!!
    The stocking of tips for the staff at the View added up to $230.00.   Thanks to the staff for their service    over the last year.
Board meeting tomorrow here at the View at 7:30am.
Today’s meeting was very interesting and fun getting to know some of our members a little better.     If you missed it, you missed a good thing!!!
We will be dark on Dec. 26 and Jan 2.   MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all....See you next year
DECEMBER 12, 2017
Invocation by Nick
Pledge by Prez Pete
Joke by Prez Pete....PHD....Pizza Home Delivery
Guest of Rotarian Lou - Katherine from Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce, who has visited the Club three times. 
Sarah announced that her kids foundation, Mini Santas, have found a local family to support.
January is Rotary Foundation Month; we’re going to brainstorm how to entice members to support our Foundation - a nice idea is to donate $100.00 to Morro Bay Rotary Foundation that month.
Dan received a round of applause for the Lighted Boat Parade as did Jan for receiving the PHF last week.  
Dan received and read a letter from Morro Bay Coast Guard thanking us for our support.
Tonight is the last night of the Winter Festival so Santa is going back to the North Pole.   After that, we will need to get the decorations out of the Santa House.  Dan will send out an email concerning this.
Our 1st Annual Crab Feed will be Saturday, April 7th.....come join us before our December 19th regular meeting to help get this event planned.   This will be a major fundraiser so we will need to sell tickets after the first of the year.  Tickets will be $55.00; with the hopes that each Rotarian in our Club will be able to sell five tickets.    We will also need cookies or cakes to sell and/or auction off that night.  We will have a bar with wine or beer and a 50/50 drawing as well. 
Pawsabilities for Veterans is holding a movie day at the Inn at Morro Bay on Thursday December 28th at 11 and 3 pm.   Bring the family, a pillow and a blanket and come enjoy “101 Dalmatians”.
Holly Banfield, the Choir Director at MBHS brought the Morro Bay Choir for our annual Christmas Carol program.    We sang along as the choir led us in Jingle Bells....... quite an improvement over last week!!!   We then presented the Choir with a check for $250 to help them in their efforts.   Holly was a recipient of one of our graduating senior scholarships...now she has come back to Morro Bay to work at our high school.  That is our Foundation dollars being put to good use!!
The 50/50 drawing was won by:   Jude
Next week we need club members to talk about Christmas traditions in their family.    Any volunteers? 
Let’s keep Pete in our thoughts and prayers as he goes in for surgery on Friday.   Also remember John Weiss who is doing very well after his surgery.  
Meeting adjourned…
Enjoy your week...see you next week to enjoy stories from our own club members.
Morro Bay Rotary Meeting
December 5, 2017
Prez Pete called meeting to order
Invocation by Ken Stilts
Flag Salute by new member Lou Dubnow
Song:   A monotone version of Jingle Bells
Joke by Pete (I’ve heard it before, but still don’t remember it)
Guests of the Club today:
 Lorraine brought her son in law, Max Marple
Judy’s guest was Bonnie Jones
Mike Shaffran’s guest was our speaker, Paul Grafton
Lou Dubnow introduced, Katherine Gillen from the Chamber
Doug brought boxes to send to the troops
Matt Franklin announced we still have openings on Dec. 14 and 21 for Salvation Army Bell Ringing at Albertsons. 
We signed cards for Nancy whose brother passed away and Dan whose step father passed.   Our thoughts are with them both at this difficult time. 
  Lighted Boat Parade:   Our amazing team of Rotary carpenters, painters and decorators put the Santa     House together in two days!!!   Saturday night was wonderful, we were not in our usual location and did not sell as much hot chocolate and cookies as we usually do but it was fun and rewarding to see all the families who very much enjoyed our efforts on the Santa House.   Santa Ken also went on Sunday, and had a good visit with our Rotarian crew but we didn’t see many kids.  Santa (not Ken) will be there every night through the 12th and I think will be busier as the word gets out that we have a Santa House and the pictures are free.
The Crab Feed committee met today to make a few decisions about how we want to move forward with our first event effort.
Morro Bay Watch sent a letter of thanks for the $500.00 we donated to the Caroling Cops for their purchase of toys.
Judy is requesting members step forward to give a short talk on their favorite Christmas traditions. Please let her know if that is something you would like to do as this will be part of our December 19th Rotary program.
Melissa is interviewing applicants for RYLA tomorrow at 9:30 at the high school; she invited anyone interested to join her and help out with this.
Ken Casida drew the name to receive a PHF from the board; Jan Lewis was the big winner.  Then we drew to see who would get the first PHF from a completed quartet; Lorraine was its lucky winner.  
We then sang Happy Birthday to Gary Owens who missed this question:  What color are the berries on the mistletoe tree?  White was the correct answer; Gary was fined $10.00.
Jeff Jones was then asked and fined for his wrong answer to: When does the Orthodox Church celebrate Christmas.  Answer:   January 7th;  Jeff was fined $20.00.
Where did Saint Nickolas come from?  Turkey  No one knew - many were fined for being wrong.
Michael Shaffran introduced our speaker, Paul Graffton, who is a Naturalist working at Camp KEEP which stands for Kern
   Environmental Education Program.   Kids come from the Bakersfield area to the camp Mon - Fri. 
   One camp is located at Montana de Oro; the other camp is located in Cambria.   They offer the
   camp during school year with 120 students participating per week.  The camp’s curriculum gets
   the students out on the trails; exploring creeks, tide pools, and sand dunes; hike; find fossils;
   see elephant seals; enjoy camp fires and more.   The kids come down to Morro Rock and look at the peregrine falcons and the otters.   The program has been very beneficial in bringing kids from Kern County over to the ocean to be introduced to this wonderful area full of sea animals etc.  
Next week’s program will be the Morro Bay High School Choir under the leadership of Holly Banfield. 
Lastly, Prez Pete announced that he has been diagnosed with cancer and will be undergoing surgery at UCLA on Dec. 15th.   He plans to be there just a couple of days and will return to Rotary at the first of next year.    Our thoughts and prayers are with Pete, Kathi and their family at this time.  
Meeting adjourned ....E.Casida
November 14, 2017
Prez Pete called our meeting to order
Invocation:   Judy
Pledge:         Keith George
Joke:             Pete.......
Good to have John Weiss back today.     Reported on his trip to Reno.....had a nurse with him most of the time, so he was well taken care of.   He is feeling well in spite of two recent surgeries.
Visiting Rotarians:   Patricia from out of state, Ruth Ann Angus from MB Rotary Club Sunset
Guests of Rotarians:  Teri Bayus - the Lighted Boat Parade Coordinator, Lorraine’s son-in-law Max Marple, friend of Rotary - Keith Taylor.  It was great to see Rotarian, Keith George (who was one of our clubs funniest presidents).
Carla won the free lunch; Mike Pond won a square on the PHF Board.
Jude and Matt are sharing the responsibility of getting Salvation Army Bell Ringers starting on Thursday November 30th, at Albertsons.  Please sign up for an hour or two. 
Ruth Ann talked about Peace Builders.   John Dear will be speaking at St. Timothy Church Hall in Morro Bay on November 16, at 7:00.
Terri Bayus talked about the 12 Days of Christmas.   December 3rd is our special day when we will have Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Elves, and we will sell cookies, hot choc and coffee.   We need volunteers to supply the cookies and also to pour hot chocolate. It will be a great event this year with the
Santa House and all the decorations.     There will be a special event every day during the 12 days....some especially for children.
Welcome back to Steve Carnes after having knee surgery.   He presented our Club with a check in the
amount of $6,500.00 for the car show.   Thanks to Steve, Greg and others who work this event.   A special thanks to Dave Owens for heading up the bbq.  
Cara Crye, CEO of Farm Supply was our speaker.  Cara is a 4th Generation Morro Bay resident.  She attended MBHS when Pete was Principal.   She moved out of MB for a while and has just recently come back.  Her personal view is that we are very lucky to be in this area....I’m sure we all agree with that!!   The Top Ten Value Crops in SLO County are wine grapes, strawberries, avocados, broccoli, cattle and calves, vegetable transplants, cut flowers, head lettuce, cauliflower, and lemons.  She suggests we buy local as much as we can, or even grow our own.     Farmers have an ethical way of living and are for the most part, honest, hard working, and good stewards of the land.   Backyard chickens are becoming very popular just to have the experience....not to make money.  Her first job was working at the Morro Bay Farm Supply store, where she learned invaluable lessons on work ethics and hard work.  Those have obviously paid off as she now runs the company.   Her parents are neighbors of Prez Petes. 
Next week is dark.....HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!  
COME BACK ON THE 28th..... our speaker will be Glenn Silloway speaking on Morro Bay’s military history.
NOVEMBER 8, 2017
Invocation by Michael Shaffran
Pledge by Rick Grantham
Song was “Smile”....nice to have Steve Carnes back with his wonderful singing voice. Glad you are better, Steve.
Joke - Pete.....something about a dog

Visiting Rotarians:  None today, but lots of Guests of Rotarians including: Chief Greg Allen, Commander Jody Cox, and Sergeant Tony Mosqueda of the Morro Bay Police Department; Susan and Jim Callahan, friends of Elsie and Ken; also Claire Grantham, friend and wife of Rick. And Lou Dubnow still a visitor, was also in attendance, he is soon to be a member of the club.
Max was also with us in his Rotary jacket decorated with items commemorating all the places he has visited. If you want to talk to him, he would love to talk to you as his English is great if your French is not so good.

Next Pete asked all the veterans to stand and we gave them a round of applause in Thanks for Their Service.

Lighted Boat Parade needs our help on the 26th of November at 10:00am.  The Shed is being delivered to the Chamber building where we will put it together and paint it.  Bring a hammer and paint brush and come help, contact Dan Costley if you have any questions. Next week we will also pass around a sheet to sign up to provide cookies for us to sell at the Lighted Boat Parade event.

John Weiss had surgery last Thursday. Yesterday he was able to walk a mile around the hospital corridor and will be checking out tonight, going straight to a Rotary conference. One of his nurses at the hospital is a Rotarian and will be traveling with him.

Board meeting next Wednesday morning here at the clubhouse @ 730am.

Still have the PHF Board up to buy a square for $10.00.....when full, we will pick a number and that person will get a Paul Harris Fellow.

Jude gave an announcement about Every Rotarian Every Year and the Paul Harris Society. Flyers were placed on the tables for more
information.   The Rotary Foundation ranked third in CNBC’s annual list of “Top 10 Charities Changing the World”.
Jude won a square on the board because Pete drew her number; hopefully will be a weekly event.
Nancy Castle gave a little information on the Thanksgiving dinner to be served at the Senior Center. They really need help and also monetary donations. If you have any questions or want to help, call Nancy at 805-441-5770.

Ken Stilts won the “exemption”. He turned 76 today and has been in Rotary 47 years. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KEN!!

Mike Williams won the free lunch.

Rick Grantham, who couldn’t resist throwing out some football jabs, then introduced our speaker, Captain Bob Christenson and his friend, Dale Johnson, who was the Captain’s driver today.
  Captain Christenson graduated from Annapolis in 1957. In his time in the Navy he spent
  time on destroyers, diesel submarines, and amphibious ships. He and his wife, Mary,
  live in San Luis Obispo and have three sons who are all Lutheran pastors.

  He was in Vietnam during the evacuation and said it was not our finest hour. North
  Vietnam did not honor the treaty of the Paris Peace Accords and started to go south.
  So, our plan was to evacuate the embassy by airplane or ship. However, the north
  shelled the airport....so that was not possible. Helicopters were taken wherever they
  could be found, loaded with people and left Vietnam as soon as they could. They flew
  over the ship that Captain Christenson was on, wanting to land, so they did
  accommodate them, but then had to get rid of the helicopters so more could land. They
tried pushing them over the side, but that really didn’t work, so a pilots had to take them out a few feet, jump out, and then swim to the ship as the helicopter crash landed into the ocean. The pictures of the helicopters crashing into the ocean were quite interesting and scary.

Captain Christianson’s tips for people in a position of leadership are - Know your job, show appreciation, and hold people accountable.
Doug brought packages to be mailed to veterans all over the world. If you take a box to USPS, you don’t have to sign off, it has been done.

Next week our speaker will be Cara Crye, CEO of Farm Supply. Her talk will be about agriculture in our county.

50/50 won by Ken Stilts.

Join us Friday night at the Siren for a fundraiser for “Pawsabilities for Veterans”.  Two local bands will be playing at 5-8pm and 9-12. We will be going to hear the 5-8pm band.

Thought of the day is “The two most important days of your life are ...the day you were born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

Remember Veterans Day....November 11th....Thank a Veteran!!

Oct. 31, 2017
Invocation:   Melissa
Flag Salute:   Megan
Joke:   Pete
Visiting Rotarians:   Dick Mellinger is a Member of Passport Rotary, but he also wanted to talk about “Pawsabilities For Veterans”.  This organization buys puppies, trains them and when they are ready, gives them  to soldiers with PTSD.  They will have a fund raiser featuring two local bands on November 10th from 5 to midnight at the Siren.
Guests of Rotarians:   Scott Harp, guest of new member, Peter S;  and Lou Dubnow, guest of Andrea
Dan Costley:  announcement about help needed for the new Santa House.   We need spare pieces of lumber and red or white paint.  We can use decorations if you have extra at your home, and we will need help on Nov 18 and 19 to get the Santa House put together, painted and decorated.  Contact Dan if youre available. 
We will be receiving a check in the amount of $5,900 because of the hours we put in working at the Avocado/Margarita Festival.  Good Job!!   And Thanks to those who put in those hours....it means we had enough hours to be paid 10% of the gate. Get geared up for next year!!!
Pete updated us on Max... he went to LA this weekend with Pete and Kathi  and also went to Disneyland with a friend.  This weekend he is going to Hollywood with friends.    He has a water polo play-off game tonight at 5:00pm.
   Kudos to all those who dressed up  for Halloween!!! 
   Pete had a few Halloween questions for the group:
   Gary Englund was asked - What do you call a single vampire”     Batchelor. 
    Mike Williams was asked - Why didn’t the skeleton cross the road?    No guts.
   Sarah Ketchum - Why are cemeteries noisy?   All the coffin
   Halloween is the day before what celebration?   All Saints Day?  Chuck missed it and was fined.
We have a couple of new members coming in so there will be an Orientation at 5:30 on the 9th at Lolos – please feel free to join us.
Presentation today was on Rotary International Foundation and Rotary Club of Morro Bay Foundation.  
  Chuck was the first speaker.   
  There are many programs that the Rotary International Foundation supports and of all the money
  Rotary receives, 91% is spent directly on these programs. 
  The money in the Morro Bay Rotary Foundation only comes from our club.   The Board of the
  Foundation consists of six past presidents whose mission is to provide college scholarships.  
  Our Foundation has given a total of $148,250 to 115 students.   The board independently goes
  through the applications to determine who the scholarships should go to.   Need, service,
  scholarship, activities, and intangibles are what they are scored on.  This year Chuck gave a
  perfect score to one individual who is blind....he said it was very rewarding to see her come up
  to receive her scholarship.
Sarah was next and she spoke about a plan to give to Morro Bay Rotary Foundation.  Donating a stock that might not be doing well is a good idea since you can deduct your loss as well as 50% of the value of the stock.  Talk to your CPA about what is the most efficient way to leave money to your family or to a charity. 
  Ken gave some of the history of Rotary....There are four ways
  to receive a PHF..... 1) Donate $1,000;  2) Join a Paul Harris quartet;
  3)  Buy one or more squares on the PHF board;  4) Participate in
  our March Madness Brackets.
Kasey thanked those who came to Garden House BBQ Luau.   The fundraiser raised approx $4,500. 
Nine bags of weeds were taken out of the roundabout by Mike and Pete.
Heidi won the 50/50
Next weeks program will be USN Captain Bob Christenson speaking on “The Evacuation of Saigon”.    Sounds like a great program especially since Veterans Day is Nov. 11.
October 17, 2017
President Pete called meeting to order
Invocation by Dan Costley
Pledge to the American Flag:  Pete
Song:   Take me out to the Ball Game
Joke:  By Prez Pete ”Where did we come from?”
Guests of Rotarians:   Andrea invited Lou Dubnow, a Sales Associate with Coldwell Banker.    Judy introduced our speaker, Kenneth Foran and his wife, Gretchen. 
An update on a few of our members:   Seneca is doing well and has joined the Morro Bay Sunset Club, Syd Symington is doing narration for audio books in a studio in his home, and Sid Bennett and his wife are busy taking care of each other.  Steve Carnes will be out for a few weeks with knee replacement surgery.
Andrea Turnquist was given her yellow badge!!! She has has proven to be quite the active member!!!  Thanks Andrea!!
Pete passed out an email about a Rotary Tour of New Zealand which will be in April of next year.   They had a successful tour in 2017 and would like to do it again with Rotarians from California and Texas.
The survey has come to us via email again.   The results of the last survey were a +65 satisfaction result.   We had 13% participation and would like to have more than that, so please take a couple of minutes to fill it out next month and make a comment if you would like. 
Judy said the Maritime Museum has finished most of the requirements from the City and will soon be breaking ground .  They will be having a celebration aboard the Chablis Friday night for the 1542 Club.   Dan and Linda will be going to represent our Club. 
Congratulations to Chuck and Liz who have been married 61 years.   Wow!!    You are an inspiration to all of us!!
Pete had lots of baseball questions to ask members and guests.  Lou batted 1000% on his questions, Mike Williams not so good and Ken Casida was fined $20.00 for his incorrect answer.
Our speaker today, Kenneth Foran is a World Master Model Builder, who creates scratch built models including horse drawn vehicles, aircrafts, boats and automobiles. 
He has built a detailed model of the abalone diving boat “Dirty Dozen” which will have its home in the Maritime Museum.  The boat, which was too badly deteriorated to save,  was to be destroyed in June of 2016 so Judy contacted Kenneth to ask him if he could make a model of the “Dirty Dozen”.   He agreed to do it and the day before it was to be torn apart, he spent two hours measuring and photographing the boat so he could make an identical model.   He brought the model to Rotary in complete detail, including nets, abalone, men, and divers helmet, so we could enjoy getting a closer look.  It was amazing; and we are so thankful we will be able to have it displayed in the Maritime Museum.  
Kenneth said he has been interested in making models since he was 10 years old.   He has written a book on the art of model making, and has instructive videos as well.   It was a fascinating program……Thanks to Judy for bringing the Forans.
We passed around a tin and collected $145.00 to help with the Santa Rosa fire relief efforts.
Nancy won the 50/50
Next week’s program will be Ann Kitajama with the National Estuary Program.   Her topic will be the “Health of the Bay”.   Come join your Rotary friends for this program.
October 24, 2017
Welcome by Pete
Invocation by Ken Stilts
Flag salute by Mike Pond
Guests:  Peter Starlings, Lou Dubnow, Scott Harp, and Teresa, a high school exchange student who is living with Melissa and Joel.
Peter Starlings, who was sponsored by Lorraine, was   inducted into the  club, and received his temporary badge.  Don led an orientation at Lolos  on Monday night, so Peter could learn more about what it means to be a Rotary member.   Glad to have you Peter.  
We need a new President Elect Nominee......anyone interested in possibly   being our president in two years, please see Pete. 
Chuck (wearing the shirt he bought in Hawaii on his honeymoon) brought his bride, Liz.   They are celebrating 61 years of marriage. 
Dan brought a bottle of Kelsey Winery wine “The Alma” he received at the Maritime Museum event, which he auctioned off for $55.00.   Enjoy, Carla. 
Next week we will be starting the “PHF Board”, the winner of which will receive a Paul Harris Fellow.   A square can be bought for $10.00.   When all squares have been sold, a number will be drawn to determine the winner.
Thursday night will be roundabout cleanup at 5:00; please show up and help clean up the gateway to our lovely city. 
We took up a collection for National Polio Day.
Birthdays.....Mary Leizear and Dale Redell. 
Nick and Becky Mendoza visited Paris, Florence, Rome and many other places on their vacation to Europe.  A trip Nick had promised to Becky years ago.   Nick was asked a baseball question and knew the answer so didn’t have to pay his fine.
Chief Knuckles brought pamphlets on Health Screenings etc. being held at the Morro Bay Fire Station on Sunday, Oct. 29th.
Guest speaker today was Ann Kitajama, who is with the Morro Bay National      Estuary Program.  She said there are 28 national estuary programs. Morro Bays Estuary consists of 2300 acres, and the Morro Bay Watershed has  48,000 acres.  The Program monitors the waters of the estuary and the creeks that drain into it to see if they are healthy enough to support wildlife.    The
nitrate status in the watershed creeks is also monitored to ensure that the water is not too heavy on nitrates because that can stimulate algae growth, which may consume too much oxygen.  Volunteers collect samples and conduct analysis monthly at eight bay-shoreline sites to determine if bay waters are safe for swimming.
Ann thanked our club for supporting the Mitts for the Bay program.   There are 27 dispensers in the Bay area, with about 358,600 bags taken each year.   
The $29.00 50/50 was won by Mike Pond. 
Next week Ken Casida and Chuck Clarke will be talking about the Rotary Foundation and the MB Foundation.     Come and learn more about this important program in Rotary.
Morro Bay Rotary Club Meeting
October 11, 2017
Invocation by:   Michael Shaffron
Pledge to the Flag:  Don Doubledee
Song:  The Rotary Song
Joke:   Pete, a pharmacist/hiccups joke
The Swimming Pool is now officially open at Morro Bay High School.   Max will have his first water polo match tomorrow at 4:30.
Pete read an email about a tour to Australia/New Zealand with Rotarians from California and Texas.   Will find out more later and provide additional information,  sounds like a fun trip. 
Guests of Rotarians:  
Angel Ortiz, Lieutenant Colonel Commander, Camp San Luis Obispo.  Andrea brought her friend, Lou for the second time, and Lorraine brought Pete Starlings.    Megan brought her daughter, Lilly.
Heidi made an announcement about PRLS.
Melissa has the exemption this month and took advantage of it by encouraging us to have massage for body pain instead of taking drugs.    Support our local Rotarians. 
The District Conference was last weekend.   Pete said Max had a good time, Max is quite the dancer.   John Weiss said there were over 300 in attendance on Saturday night.   There are 72 clubs in the District.
Don Doubledee celebrated his birthday at the Harbor Festival last weekend and was fined $20.00.
Angel Ortiz thanked our club for the $5,000.00 we donated to Puerto Rico to help with hurricane relief.   He said that floods, fires, earthquakes and riots are the four huge problems currently happening in this state.    Camp San Luis helps in all these unfortunate events.   The National Guard is being used in Puerto Rico along with FEMA resources.  He said the fires in California are devastating and we need to remember to pray for all those involved. 
Casey Watson from Garden House gave a Craft Talk.  Garden House, built in 1998, was started because of the vision of two ladies who saw the need for care for individuals with dementia.   It is an assisted living residence and started with just five residents.    Now they have 15 residents and employ 22 staff members.   Most residents now are veterans or spouses of veterans.    Resources available to the residents include Podiatrists, beauticians, entertainers, exercise classes etc.  Typically, residents will stay 2-1/2 years.  Students at Cuesta and Cal Poly come to work and learn.  It is a non-profit and fortunately they have several families who like to help Garden House financially and other ways.  Grade school kids come and read to the residents.    They will be having a luau fundraiser Sunday afternoon from 3:00 - 7:00 at a cost of $20.00.   You can either take dinner out or stay and eat there.  
A master model builder will be our program next week.
Matt won the 50/50
It’s a Beautiful Day in Morro Bay…..Enjoy. 


September 12, 2017
Morro Bay Fire Station
We had a wonderful lunch provided by Meredith of the Brickhouse BBQ followed by an informative talk by Fire Marshall, Matt Vierra.   Those who wanted to, were given a tour of the facility.
Jude then gave a short presentation about the Morro Bay Library.   Jude is a retired librarian and is now a member of the Friends of the Library.    We walked across the street and were given a tour of the library.  
September 19, 2017
Mike Pond opened our meeting in Prez Pete’s absence.    Meet and Great time, find out something new about the people at your table.  It was Matt Franklin‘s birthday, he was fined $20.00.
Invocation by Michael Shaffron
Flag salute by Jan Lewis
Guests of Rotarians:   Claire Grantham who will be giving flu shots at our October 3rd meeting.   Lorraine’s guest, Peter Starling.
Judy announced that the Garden House is having a fund raiser on October 15th with lots of food, music, and good times!!
Doug brought boxes for vets…. $17.35 each box…. Very much appreciated by veterans receiving them. 
District Conference is coming up…..we have a good representation of attending members from our club. 
Bill Peirce made announcement about Shelter Boxes for people affected by the recent Hurricanes.  If you want to help hurricane victims, it is a good organization.  Email or call Bill with your thoughts about what you would like to do to help with hurricane relief.  Dan is still working on having a pancake breakfast to raise funds for the relief efforts as well.
Interact Club Rush is Thursday at 12:20 at the high school….we had several volunteers step up to be there since Melissa is not going to be able to attend. 
Fines:   Chuck for having his picture in a magazine was fined $20.00;  Every LBP committee member who didn’t show for meeting today was fined $5.00; Rick Grantham had HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the jumbo-tron at the Rams game, and Claire for sitting with Eric Dickerson on a train was fined $35.00; Nick is going to Europe for 3 weeks was fined $10.00; Jamie for having golf clubs in her car was fined $10.00.
Craft talk by Mary Leizear - introduced by Rick Grantham…  Mary started dog sitting when she was still working, so when she  retired she had a side job.   She was concerned that she would become a “little old lady with no money who can’t go anywhere” so dog sitting has been a great way for her to earn vacation money and meet wonderful people and dogs/cats.   When she sits for Rick and Claire’s family, Rick makes sure there is food in the refrigerator.   She loves to travel so it helps pay for her many wonderful trips.
Mike Pond was the next speaker providing information as John’s Assistant District Governor.  The hierarchy is there are four Executive Assistant Governors, then there is the Assistant District Governor, a Club’s President is next and then the Club’s members.  Mike said he enjoys seeing what is going on in each of the ten clubs he oversees.   He makes sure each club makes goals for the year and then works to accomplish them.   He is also a troubleshooter for the clubs.   He has Club 11 meetings with all ten club presidents and himself which has been very beneficial.      He also drives John around and introduces him at meetings - one time when it was 119 degrees out!!   The Assistant District Governors and the Executive District Governors select the District Governor Elect.
50/50 won by Andrea Turnquist.
See you next week.   ECasida
Invocation by Dan Costley
Flag Salute by Nancy
Song was “ROTARY”
Pete’s Joke ….. a sad one about a poor old mule
Guests of Rotarians: 
Lorraine’s friend….Peter Starling
John Solu brought his wife, Joni
Visiting Rotarians:
Irene and Bill Wells from San Diego
Barbara Hinckle from Fresno
Pete said Max is doing great in school and all other aspects of his life.  His first water polo match is coming soon.  He eats a lot and Loves desserts. 
Next week we will be at the Fire Station ….Jamie passed around the sign-up sheet.   You can choose chicken, tri tip or salad.  
Doug brought boxes to send to our troops…..it costs $17.35 to send, and is very appreciated by those who receive them.   Each box contains special items requested by a veteran.
John Weiss will be doing a speech at Rotaract tonight at 6:00 in SLO we are all encouraged to attend.
The Avocado/Margarita Festival is this weekend.   If you signed up, you should have received an email by now to let you know where to go and who to connect with on Saturday.  If you haven’t, contact Jamie immediately.
Along with our help, Dan will be organizing a pancake breakfast on the September 16th to raise money for the Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts.    It will be at St. Josephs Hall …..start serving at 8:00am.   Pancake batter has been donated by Carla’s Kitchen.   Come, help, eat and donate to the cause. 
Judy introduced our speaker today….Glenn Silloway who is the President of the Historical Society….   
AUGUST 29, 2017
Invocation by Nick
Flag Salute by Pete
Joke by Pete
Guests of Rotarians:
Lorraine’s friend…..Peter Starling
Judy’s daughter, Jodie who moved over here from Bakersfield and is now working at The Garden House.
Teri Bayus who has been hired by the City to help with the Lighted Boat Parade.   
Another meeting with Lighted Boat Parade committee is set for next Tuesday, Sept 5ht before Rotary at 11:00.
We can donate to help Houston through our own Rotary Foundation.  Dan brought a check from Linda in the amount of $100.00 as a kick off for our Club’s Hurricane Relief Fund.   We all need to be careful that we donate to an organization where our money is put to the best use….…Rotary is a good place to give any donation.
We will NOT be meeting at the View on September 12th…..We will instead be at the Fire Department, with Chief Knuckles as our speaker.     We need signups to know how many sandwiches to buy at Brickhouse Bbq.  We will also have chips, cookies and drinks.   The cost will be $10.00 like an ordinary meeting.   After eating, we will go across the street to visit the library.  
We are booked for programs through December; if you know someone who would be a good speaker for a meeting, please let Pete or Judy know.
Judy introduced Erica Crawford, Executive Director of the MB Chamber of Commerce.     Their newly revised website will be coming together in October which will prove to be more informative.   They also run the Visitors Center who gives great customer service to visitors in our community.   They also organize and maintain the Main Street Farmers Market.  Erica also encouraged all local business owners to get in touch with her, she’d love to hear people’s concerns, ideas, as well as get to know them.
AUGUST 22, 2017
Meeting called to order by President Pete
Invocation by Michael Shaffron
Pledge of Allegiance:  Jude
Song:   “Take me out to the Ballgame”
Joke:   Pete
Guests of Rotarians:     Claire Grantham
Guest Rotarians: Sherry Sims who made an announcement about the pancake breakfast in Cayucos on Labor Day; Chef Dan will be doing the cooking; sausages are donated by Dorn’s.  Ruth Ann who introduced our special speaker - Dr. Raffy Dorian.  Janice Peters who made an announcement about the plays at the Episcopal Church, By the Sea Productions; 2 classic thrillers will be performed September 1-3.   
Gary Dove and Jim Quesenberry from the Los Osos Club were here to announce their Family Fun Fair “Old Goats and Little Kids”.  It is an Annual Event celebrating Grandparent’s Day, September 10 at the South Bay Community Center in Los Osos.    Admission Free!!!
Mike Pond said he has injured his shoulder, so if someone else could head up the roundabout cleaning,  that would be good, otherwise we will wait until Mike is ready to come back.   We had several volunteers, so we will clean up this coming Saturday.


Meeting called to order by President Pete

Invocation by:   Michael Shaffron

Pledge Allegiance to the Flag by:   Gary England

Joke By:   Pete

Song:   The Rotary Song…  (we are getting better…  I think)

Guest Rotarians:   Julie Jenkins from Cambria, Ruth Ann from MB Sunset, and our good friend, Deepa.

Guests of Rotarians:  Melissa brought Stella and Teresa, an exchange student from Spain who is staying with Melissa while she is attending her sophomore year of high school.  Heidi’s son Noah was with us again, Linda brought Dan and Pete introduced Max, our Rotary exchange student from France.

John Weiss thanked everyone for the cards and well wishes.  He said he is doing much better after having major surgery…  May have additional medical needs, will know more later.   A special thanks to Deepa who has helped by driving him around. 

Jamie passed around the sign-up sheet for the Margarita Festival.  She also has posters that need to be put up in local businesses if you know anyone who can use one.

Heidi made an announcement about PRLS….  Introduction to PRLS will be in Santa Maria on Sept. 22 from 2:30 - 4:30.

Board meeting tomorrow morning at 7:30 at the View. 

Mike said there is another roundabout cleanup on August 26 at 9am.   Please remember that date and come to help.

Pete drew several badge numbers to give away a free lunch, but the owners of the numbers were absent.  
Flags were exchanged between Max and our Club.  

Call to order by President Pete

Invocation:  Jude

Pledge to our Flag:   Megan                                     

Song:           Smile……led by Steve

Joke:            Pete

Guests:  Claire and two of the Grantham’s grandsons… Our New Police Chief, Greg Allen...  Carla‘s daughter, Brooke…  Lorraine’s friend, Pete…   Dan’s wife, Linda  

Rich updated us on John….he is doing well expecting results from tests soon.   Looking for visitors…… feel free to drop by, but please call first.

Max comes tomorrow at 2:50pm SLO Airport…….come to airport if able….Pete will be updating us on his arrival time. 


ROTARY MEETING…August 1,2017…….

Invocation:   Ken Stilts

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag:  Matt Franklin

Song:  Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Joke:   Pete

Visiting Rotarians:   Mary Helen and Kathleen from Palm Desert…  Heidi’s son, Noah…  Claire Grantham… Linda Costly…  Lorraine’s friend, Pete Starlings…  Matt Vierra, new MB Fire Marshall….

Fines:   Dan for $10.00, Birthday fines, Ken, Mike, Judy and Jude…  Mike and Kens to be paid by Pete since he forgot them.  

John Weiss is out of the hospital…. Had an eight pound mass removed…. Please call before coming to visit…. He will need lots of rest.  

Jill was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow from the Club.   Heidi received a pin, Ken Stilts, who gave Heidi her PHF,  received a pin.

Congrats to Mike Williams on receiving a Paul Harris Service Fellow presented by our very own DG John Weiss.  Mike works tirelessly to fundraise for Project Surf Camp, a local non-profit that provides beach and surfing access to disabled and at risk youth and their families.  This year Mike and his crew presented PSC with over $5,000.  Mike is also one of the first to volunteer for all of our Club's fundraising efforts.  Thanks for all you do on behalf of our Club Mike!!!
Our Club Meeting was called to order by President Pete.
Invocation by Melissa Davis
Pledge to the Flag by Forrest
Joke by Pete
Song was R-O-T-A-R-Y……. We didn’t really know the song but it
seemed to be the melody of the Mickey Mouse song. I think we
could do better next time.

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