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


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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 11:30 AM
Morro Bay Golf Course
201 State Park Road
Morro Bay, CA  93442
United States
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Service Above Self
November 6
Meeting opened by President Jude with Bill Pierce leading the WE MAKE WAVES cheer.
Invocation by Ken Stilts with a special emphasis on voting and how privileged we are to be in this country
Guest Rotarians:  Joel Clay the Manager of the View restaurant; Sherry Sim from Cayucos Rotary.
Guests of Rotarians:  Nelson Pamploma, with Edward Jones here for the third time; Elsie’s friend Cordelia, from Orange County; Melissa’s friend, Jillian Montgomery; Judy’s daughter, Jody; and our speaker, Misty Wycoff,
Judy was fined $20 because she was properly dressed in red/white/blue on voting day.
Jude informed us of the death of Katherine Gillen’s mom who passed away last week.  Our best goes out to Katherine at this difficult time.
If you are paying your dues in two payments, the 2nd Installment is due this month.
Melissa sent around a clip board signup sheet to open and lock up the Santa House.  There will be two more meetings before December 1st.  Next week Terri Bayus will be here ....come to the meeting for the Lighted Boat’s kind of a big deal for our club.  
Next week Chiara is bringing Italian cookies to share for a donation to help with her train trip.   I’m sure she would appreciate any help we can give her to make this trip possible.
Matt Franklin is in charge of the Salvation Army Bell Ringing signups; come next week prepared to sign up for a one hour shift to ring the bell in front of Albertsons.  Our club is responsible for the last Thursday in November and the first two in December.  All the money they receive in their bucket here, stays in Morro Bay, so it is a worthwhile thing for us to do.
Daniel Bronstein was here to share his vision for Scouting USA.  He wants our Club to Charter an all Girl Boy Scout Troop in Morro Bay.  There would be a nominal fee ($100.00) and one representative to be the liaison for the Girl’s Scout Troop.  Daniel has been a Rotarian for the past 8 years and a Boy Scout for the past 30 years.   
Melissa introduced our speaker, Misty Wycoff providing us with an interesting presentation about the Elephant Seals.....”Bachelors and Harems”.  Elephant seals can dive a mile down into the sea and can hold their breath 2 hours.  There are 3 distinct seasons - (1) breeding and birthing; .mom has 28 days after her pup is born to pump calories into it.  There are approx. 5,200 births a year, after the 28 days, she will breed and will go on her migration, leaving her pup behind.  The fertilized egg will attach itself to the mom’s uterus, but will not begin to grow for another three months.  (2) The molting season, where they lose all their outer covering once a year.  It takes about a month to completely molt.  (3) Fall Haul Out when young males come in and practice fasting, and strengthen their muscles on land.  None of the seals eat or poop etc. while they are on the beach.  The wildlife workers implant GPS devices on them to better keep tract of populations, journeys, etc.   The beach in our coastal region is the only land they will ever touch; the rest of their life is spent in the ocean.  Forty nine percent  of babies survive their migration after they leave here.  Wonderful presentation!!  Thanks Misty!!
Honor Flight Program is scheduled for next week.   Come to this exciting program just in time for Veterans Day. 
Morro Bay Rotary Club Meeting
October 30, 2018
Meeting called to order by President Jude
Invocation by:  Tom Hay
Pledge to our Flag by:  Lorraine
Guests of Rotarians:   Katherine Gillen brought her friend, Amber Clark, who is a new Chamber Member and the Manager of the Masterpiece Hotel.
Good to see Rick Grantham, who along with his wife, Claire, and three dogs are moving to Poulsbo, Washington.  Claire is recovering from recent back surgery, and Rick has just had hip replacement surgery so they are in great shape to go to Washington where their kids “can take care of them” from now on.
Tonight is a social at the Brickhouse BBQ to meet and greet Chiara and celebrate with Jan on her move back to Visalia.
Elsie was fined $20 for the “Fake News” in last week’s bulletin, where she stated that Chuck Clarke is a Dodgers fan, but in fact, he is a diehard Boston Red Sox fan.  Sorry Chuck. 
Pete, wearing a Father of the Bride tee shirt, gave a run down of the wedding of his daughter last weekend.   
Our speakers, Karen and Claudia with Pacific Wildlife Care thanked us for our gift of lights to them, which was important so the care givers can check on birds without disturbing them.  The first animal was Ginger, a female common barn owl.  She will have only one or two owlets per year; she eats mice, rats, rabbits etc.   It is important that people do not use rat poison since it can be ingested and cause great harm to the birds.    They will hunt in an area of 12,000 acres, and they are okay with several of them hunting in one area.
The next guest bird was CORAX, a male common raven.  They have had him since he was just a baby bird, the only survivor in a nest of four birds that was found on the ground.  Ravens will call in the big predators to kill the prey and then they can eat off the same animal.  Ravens are very smart and can learn to imitate sounds and words.  They are wonderful flyers, fun to watch, and they love to do acrobatics.  Ravens have a reputation of coming around when there is death, which has been true sometimes in the past – for example, during the black plague, or executions when they came in after a death to do the cleanup.  Pacific Wildlife Care is the only wildlife rehabilitation organization in SLO County licensed by US Fish and Wildlife and every year they provide treatment to between 2,000 and 3,000 birds, land mammals, and reptiles that are injured, orphaned, sick or starving.  This is always a great presentation!!  Thanks to the Wildlife staff for coming and sharing.   Claudia closed with a quote from Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”.   
50/50 drawing won by Heidi.
Next week’s speaker will be Daniel Bronstein sharing his vision for the Boy Scouts USA.  
October 23, 2018
President Jude called the meeting to order.....WE MAKE WAVES!!!
Invocation by:  Dan Costley
Pledge to the flag led by Pete Z.
Guests of Rotarians:  Lynne Enns was here to give flu shots; Melissa brought her friend, Jillian Montgomery; our Rotary Exchange student Chiara; Steve K brought Fire Marshall Matt Viera. 
Katherine sent around a signup sheet for the social we are having at Brickhouse BBQ on the 30th of October between 5 and 7 pm.  Come meet and greet Chiara and give best wishes to Jan who will be moving to Visalia to open up a candy shop there.
Melissa sent around a signup sheet for the open up and lock up of Santa House during the Winterfest, the details on keys etc. will be forthcoming; and Dan C sent around a sponsor signup for the Lighted Boat Parade.  He said we will be roofing and painting the House soon.   The Lighted Boat Parade is being held on December 1, 2018.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing is our other holiday project; Matt Franklin is heading it up.   Signups will be for 2 hour shifts at the door of Albertsons; look to sign up soon.
Steve Carnes came up to say we are slowly getting geared up for the car show next May.  He presented Pres Jude a check in the amount of $7,000 for the work our Club did for the car show this year......good job to all who helped!!   What a great fund raiser!!
Melissa was fined $20 for announcing that she is in charge of sponsorship for the car show next year..........??
Greg Hardcastle was fined $20 because he and Gretchen went to France for two weeks; Tom Hay was fined $20 because he was a fan of both teams that are in the World Series; Chuck was fined $20 because he is a fan of the Dodgers; Jan was fined $20 even though her dad, Glen, played for the Red Sox Organization.  Mary was fined $20 because she answered one of Jude’s trivia questions; Tom Hay, it seems, was the most knowledgeable baseball fan in our group.   Bill Pierce says his left knee is healing but his rotator cuff is not.  He bought a white Ford Edge so was fined $20.....regardless of the number of cup holders.
Judy came up and introduced our speaker, John Lindsey, who said he is very proud of the efforts of the Morro Bay residents who stepped up to build the Maritime Museum and who want to bring in an aquarium.  He started by explaining El Niño, which we have all heard a lot about.  The prediction is that we will have above average temperatures as well as above average rainfall for the next year.  He believes the jet stream causes the warm water spots in the ocean.  He says it looks like there will be lots of rainfall between Halloween and Thanksgiving, which is great for the firemen who desperately need a break..........It has been a long, hard fire season.  In order for a hurricane to flourish, the water needs to be over 80 degrees.  Someone asked if his job is in jeopardy because Diablo is closing.  He said he will be happy to retire in a couple of years, and there is always something to do.  The power plant is not needed like it has been in the past because of solar panels, and more efficient uses of electricity.  Diablo has furnished 10% of electricity for the state, and 33% for their service area.   Chief Knuckles thanked John for always being available to give information when they are out fighting fires.  They will be putting in many weather stations in our area.  By Monday we might see gale force winds on the coast line.  “So there you Go!!”.
One more prediction from John...........the Red Sox will win the series.
50/50 was won by Steve Carnes.
Next week will be Pacific Wildlife.....always a favorite.    Come and see what interesting animal or bird they bring this time.
October 16, 2018
Meeting brought to order by President Jude......WE MAKE WAVES!! 
Inspirational Minute by:   Melissa
Pledge to the Flag led by:   Jan Lewis
Visiting Rotarians:  Daniel Bronstein who has been a member of the Pismo Beach / 5 Citites Club.
Guests:  Nelson Pamplona from Edward Jones; Erica Crawford, CEO of the MB  Chamber of Commerce; Teri Bayus our speaker for today.
Cleaning the shed:  Three of our hardy female Rotarians cleaned out the shed; stop by the shed and see if there is anything you could use - it will be open after the meeting today.
Katherine sent around a signup sheet for the BBQ we will be having on October 30th at Brickhouse Bbq; come any time between 5 and 7pm.  We want to welcome Chiara and wish the best to Jan, who is leaving Morro Bay to move to Visalia.
Melissa sent around a request for members to unlock and lock up the Santa House after Santa goes home for the night during Morro Bay’s Winterfest.  There is also the opportunity for businesses or individuals to sponsor an evening at the Santa House which includes buying toys for the kids for one evening.
Chiara would like to stay with the host family in SLO until after Thanksgiving.  We will need a host family in Morro Bay after that.  Do you know anyone who would enjoy having this young lady with them for the rest of the school year?
Erica awarded our Club $5,000 for the work we did during the Avocado/Margarita Festival.    Thank you to everyone who worked... it is a great way for us to make money with only one five hour shift each.
Dale Reddell’s birthday was October 14, for which he was fined $20; Jude brought various t-shirts for us to take home if we wanted one...... she got rid of several of them (or should I say, several lucky Rotarians went home with a Christmas Lighted Boat Parade t-shirt).
Teri Bayus was our speaker today and the topic was “Dinner and a Movie”.  Teri does many things including writing a food column for the past 17 years; during which time she has had food poisoning 11 times.  As a food reviewer, Teri has to be able to eat anything, including bugs, etc., but she has also been sent around the world to eat – a big bonus.  Seems like a good job to me!!  She says it is a good idea to wait a couple of months before you visit a new restaurant to let them get their menu right, staff informed etc.   If you want to be a food column writer, pay special attention to your word count, deadlines, always double check owners name and address, and ask to tour the kitchen.  She always orders appetizers when she reviews a restaurant and likes to take someone else with her to help eat the plates and plates of food.  She posts on Yelp, Trip Advisor,, Chowhound etc.  She started a tv show three years ago called Taste Buds which even recently got picked up by Netflix.  Teri is a delightful and energetic person and always a good speaker.  It would be fun to follow her on her blog...for more about Teri, go to
Pick up a box to mail to the troops.  Jude had a few quotes about food.
Next week is Meteorologist John Lindsay .....”I can be totally wrong and still keep my job”.
 50/50 won by Ken Stilts
Morro Bay Rotary Club Meeting
October 9, 2018
President Jude called the meeting to order, and WE MADE WAVES!!!     
Invocation by Ken Stilts
Pledge to the Flag by Jack Keely
Visiting Rotarians:  Gary and Leslie Vilhauer from Danville, CA.; Andrea Lueker, our speaker today,  who was a long time member of our Club and is a member of  the
Pismo Rotary Club.
Guests of Rotarians:  Mike Williams asked Gary Christiansen to join us, and Chuck brought Liz, his lovely wife (and better half) of 62 years.  
Jude and Judy went to the District Conference in Bakersfield.
Jude made a few comments about her football team, how well the quarterback is doing etc. etc....
Tomorrow you are invited to meet at the Rotary Shed at 9:30am to clean it out and possibly have lunch at Mi CASA. 
Katherine has planned a social at the Brickhouse BBQ on October 30th to greet Chiara, our exchange student.  She is enrolled at MBHS, but lives in SLO – for now.  That is not a great situation, so we need to find a host family for her in Morro Bay.  They don’t have to be a Rotarian, Mike passed out a flyer with the qualifications.  
Heidi said Master PRLS is coming to Oxnard on October 26-28; you’re able to take all the classes in one weekend.   
We’re having a Lighted Boat Parade meeting next Tuesday at 11am, prior to our meeting.
Doug Riddel was fined $20 for having a birthday; Pete was fined $37.00 for being married 37 years; and, Heidi has been married 30 years, which got her a $30 fine.  Don Doubledee was fined $20 after volunteering his birth date; and Mary was fined $20 for having a birthday last week.
Judy introduced Andrea Lueker and told us a couple of things she knew about her that maybe the rest of us did not know.  Judy also said our Recreation Dept was greatly improved when she was Morro Bay City Manager.  Gary Christiansen, John Weiss, Carla Wixom, and Mike Pond told special little memories about Andrea.  Andrea’s talk was about Port San Luis Harbor District, where she works with a 3.6 million dollar budget.  The District owns Avila Beach, Avila Pier and the Port San Luis Lighthouse.  They have the only active boat yard in the area.  People ask about the Avila Pier, but it is expensive to replace and there is an oil plume to deal with as well.  The District has plans to build more RV camping, Glamping, slides, harbor operations, and an infinity pool in the Avila Beach area.  They are very interested in obtaining some of the property at Diablo Canyon’s 12,000 acres.  Morro Bay has to be dredged by order of the Army Corp, so it is paid for by the Fed. Government, that is not true of Port San Luis so that is one of the expenses of the District.  Pirates Cove Beach belongs to the San Luis Harbor District but not the parking lot, or the walkway, just the naked beach (lol…).  Thanks to Andrea for bringing this interesting and informative presentation about the Harbor District “Where every day Brings a New Adventure”.
Jude ended the meeting with “amazing” comments and questions from visitors to our National Parks.   Sounds like we need to put more emphasis on Geography classes in school.
50/50 won by Gary Owens.
Our speaker next week is Terri Bayus.
October 2, 2018
Meeting called to order by President Jude
Invocation by Katherine
Pledge to the Flag by Rich Riedel
Welcome back to Chuck who has been missing due to some health issues.  We love you Chuck, and are glad to see you back!!!
Visiting Rotarians:  Steve Peck, formerly from living in Morro Bay
Guests of Rotarians:  Melissa brought friends, Morgan Wise and Emily; Tom Hay brought his friend, Larry Burke and our speaker, Van Curaza; Nelson Paloma, a Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, MB also visited our Club today.
A card for Claire Grantham, who had recent back surgery, was passed around.  Steve Knuckles announced that the Fire Dept. will be giving free flu shots on Sunday, October 28th from 1–4pm at the Fire Dept.
Scott Collins and Jack Keely were both presented with their yellow badges...   a very quick transition for these men - thanks for stepping up and being so active so early in your membership!! 
In an effort to get a tad bit organized, some of us cleaned out the Rotary cabinet in the meeting room last week; on Wednesday, October 10th we will meet at the storage shed to ruthlessly clean it out; we’re hoping to follow this up with lunch at Mi Casa, the Mexican Restaurant in the same parking lot.
Katherine Gillen was formally announced as our President Elect Nominee for the 2020/21 year.
Judy Salamacha sent a picture of Nahayo  who we helped with medical school expenses.  He is now officially a doctor.  What a blessing to be able to help others attain their goals.
Judy also said she and Jude will be going to the District Conference to learn more about Human Trafficking.  Jude had Opal’s very informative book with her to sell at a cost of $16.00.   Elsie is making tee shirt dresses to sell in the “Million Kids” Etsy shop.  Check it out and other handmade things will be sold to help fund this worthy organization.
Vacancy on the Board of Directors - we are in need of an Awards Chair.  Please volunteer - Jude will be happy to help you with that.
A.G. Rotary is having a drawing for a 2017 Ruby Red Mustang; the tickets are $20 with a maximum to sell of 3,000.  So far 1800 have been the odds are pretty good.
Tom Hay introduced our speaker today, Van Curaza.  On October 9th thru the 15th we will be welcoming our wounded military heroes to the Central Coast for Operation Surf!  Van started by thanking the veterans and first responders.  After battling and overcoming addictions in his own life, he was given the opportunity to work with veterans and now has his own organization: ”Amazing Surf Adventures”, which is a non-profit located in Avila Beach.  Their mission is to help those in need overcome their challenges through the power of surfing, ocean education, and fellowship.  In 2017, they welcomed 15 heroes to the weeklong surf therapy event in Avila Beach and Morro Bay.  These veterans come on this all expenses paid “vacation” to learn surfing with world class surf instructors and at the same time, build trust and self confidence.  They will be at the Rock in Morro Bay on October 14th and 15th.  “Operation Surf helped me realize I’m not disabled, I’m just differently abled” said Martin P., an Operation Surf Family Member.                     
Jude closed with giving Van a “Be the Inspiration” pin.  We appreciate his honesty in sharing his life with us. 
Our speaker next week will be our own Andrea Lueker, be here for her exciting presentation.
The 50/50 was won by Doug who presented it to Van for his Operation Surf ventures.  Jude beat Gary to the punch and told a great story on herself.  It was funny!!    See you next week!!
September 25, 2018
Meeting called to order by President Jude
Inspirational Message by Buddha read by Melissa
Pledge to the Flag led by Ryan
Visiting Rotarians:  Ray from Taft; Skip from Lake Oswego, Oregon; and Dan who is from Morro Bay and was a member of the Pismo 5 Cities Club
Visitors:  John Weiss brought Jeff Heller who is running for City Council, and Kerrigan, a friend of his.
Crab Feed meeting was held this morning;  we need to pick a date and get it on our calendars.
We still need a host family for Chiara, our exchange student from Italy.
Katherine said we are planning an evening social at the Brickhouse BBQ; we will be welcoming Chiara and saying a special good bye to Jan – we will keep you posted on the date.
President Jude said she had been on vacation and really missed all of us.  She talked a little about the Trafficking Summit and Opal.  She will have copies of Opal’s book, “Seduced” with her next week if someone would like to buy one.
Heidi came late and was fined $20; Ryan reminded us that he works at Pacific Premier Bank and has two children, one born just 2 months ago so we passed the pail to start a fund for her - we collected $109 which will be doubled by Ryan to start a savings account for baby Chloe.
On the 9th, Nick is having a Meet and Greet at the restaurant for John Weiss.  Nick was fined $20 - why?    John fined Gary Owens $10 - why?  I guess because they could… 
Jamie Boucher went to Arizona for their 35th Anniversary.  It was hot but they had a good time.    Congratulations!!   
John Weiss was our speaker today....talking about Peace Making within Rotary Clubs.  He is the Chairman of this effort within SLO County.  
Global Violence costs the world over 14 trillion dollars per year.  If we can address the basic needs of individuals, including food, water, education, health care, etc., it will reduce violence throughout the world.  Ken Stilts has been to Mexico to give dental care to people in villages where they are so grateful for the help.  Our District has a micro-lending project primarily with a focus on women, which is a great program to get people jobs so they can become self sufficient.  Rotary feeds the hungry, stocks food banks, encourages youth through exchanges, helps local veterans, supports free health clinics, mediates conflicts, and responds to disasters.   Our 72 Rotary Clubs have impacted our community in the amount of $3,500,000.  Jeff Jones is going to be our new Peace Chair, which goes hand-in-hand with his position in the Fire Service.   Rotary, with 1.2 million members and 35,000 clubs worldwide is in the unique position to do what no government has been able to do.  Thank you, John, for informing us about another way Rotary is enriching lives around the world.
50/50 won by Dave Owens who passed it on to Ryan for Chloe
Katherine Gillian is our new President Elect Nominee for the year of 2019/2020.
Tom Hay announced that, in October, wounded veterans will be coming to Morro Bay to surf with Amazing Surf Adventures.   He will be our program next Tuesday, speaking on that effort.
Jan Lewis wrote a note of resignation to our Club because she is selling her candy store and moving to Visalia where she will be opening a Sweet Offerings store downtown.  Jan, we appreciate all you have done to enrich our club - generously giving of your time, talents and, of course, yummy chocolates.  You have been the perfect Mrs. Claus.  We will stop in and visit you whenever we are in Visalia.    
SEPT 11th
MEETING called to order by President Jude
Invocation by Tom Hay especially remembering those in our group who have health issues and also a special prayer for our nation as we remember September 11th.
Pledge to the American Flag:   Greg Hardcastle....back after having back surgery.  Good to see you, Greg!!
Welcome back to Gary Englund who has been traveling for a few months.
Visiting Rotarians:   None today
Guests of Rotarians:  Firefighters Sam Watson (brand new fulltime Firefighter to Morro Bay) and Michael Kelly (promoted to Engineer Paramedic) brought by Chief Knuckles; Keith Taylor brought by Carla; Jeff Heller brought by John Weiss.
Jamie said we provided the Avo/Marg Festival with “just” enough volunteer hours – we made it by 1 hour and so earned our $5,000  - Yea!!!  Thanks to all who gave time and energy to this event. 
Mike Pond gave us an update on Chiara, our exchange student from Italy. 
This weekend is the Human Trafficking Summit at the Community Center; it’s sold out!!!  Also, Friday night is a Meet and Greet at the Inn at Morro Bay from 5:30-7:30pm; its a chance to meet Opal Singleton.  We will need help taking things down after the event on Saturday.  
We are dark next week because the golf course needs the room for an event.  There will be a board meeting Wed morning at the View at 7:30.
Fining time:  $20 each to anyone who wore something Rotary, protested by Nick but alas, it didn’t change the fine; Peter Starlings brought a chair to the Avo/Marg Festival so was asked to stand up and tell us about his trip to Kansas, he was fined $20. 
Nick Mendoza was presented with a special Rotary Recognition; Ken Casida was given a pin representing PHF’s - four gems; and, Ryan was presented with his permanent badge.  
Chief Knuckles and Mike Pond gave our presentation about September 11, 2001.  2996 people died that day; 343 of those were firefighters.  An additional 365 fire fighters have died since from effects of that day.  Peter Starlings and John Weiss both had family members who were close to being at ‘ground zero” on September 11, 2001.  Morro Bay had a prayer time at the center park a couple of days later.  It was good for our community to hear from our Fire Chief and others at this time; it was definitely a time of healing.  Mike Bonano had moved to Morro Bay from New York ... he lost two co-workers on that day.....and helped our station connect with the firemen in New York.
Mike and Steve were awarded “Be the Inspiration” pins as a thank you for their Thoughts on 9/11.
50/50 was won by Greg Hardcastle
Remember, next week is DARK......hope to see you on the 25th.
AUGUST 28, 2018
Meeting called to order by President Jude
Invocation by Melissa
Pledge to the American Flag by Ken Casida
Mike introduced our exchange student, Chiara who is from Italy.  He is still looking for a local host family and also drivers to take her back to her home in SLO after school.
There are still tickets available for the Taste of the Grove, Morro Bay’s Premier Food and Wine Tasting Experience, September 7th, the evening before the Avo/Marg Festival.
Katherine mentioned the September Mixer, on Sept. 12th, which will be at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, at 2988 N. Main St.  There will be bbq sliders and pasta salad, beer and wine and a special speaker from the National Estuary program.  
For those volunteering for the Avo/Marg Festival, you will need to check in at the corner of Harbor and Embarcadero where you will get your tee shirt and further directions.
Mike and Jude went to Deepa’s fundraiser Saturday night.  The Syrah wine is excellent; if anyone wants to buy a bottle for $30.00 to support Pace Universal, please see Mike.
Next week the new DG, Sandi Schwartz, will be here.  There will be an informal Board meeting with her at 11:00 to introduce ourselves.  Jude still needs someone to play the guitar for 1/2 hour next Tuesday. 
Don and Doug brought Jack Keely to the front to bring him into our club.  He has been visiting for the past few months and we are very happy to have him join us.  He is a charter member of the Los Osos Rotary Club, and has been in this area for 51 years.
Jordan Ridge, last year’s outgoing exchange student, came up to share about her year in Germany.  She stayed with three host families in three different areas.  She said her host families were very kind and welcoming.  She went sailing for a week in the Netherlands, and celebrated Oktoberfest in Germany.  She also enjoyed skiing and playing in the snow.  It was a very positive experience for Jordan, and she had put together a beautiful and informative presentation.  She said she is very thankful to our club for the opportunity to go to Germany and surrounding countries.
Si Tenenberg, our special speaker today, was introduced by Doug.  Si is responsible for putting together the boxes that Doug brings to Rotary to be mailed to troops overseas.  Si has mailed 20,000 packages (40 to 50 boxes a week), all going to our servicemen and women.  He has helped over 400,000 of our combat troops.  They also send boxes to the bomb sniffing dogs, and toys and supplies for the Afghani children.  We have 50,000 troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.  Since the end of 2014, when we turned over all the security to the Afghan forces, Taliban strength has grown to 30,000.....we will be there a long time!!    We also have 7,000 troops in Africa, which is one of the places the boxes are sent.  Thank you Si, for your service to your country and your service to “your boys”.  
 No 50/50 today.....”someone” forgot to bring the tickets.  
The quote today was one from John McCain who passed away earlier this week.
August 21, 2018
Meeting called to order by President Jude
Invocation by:   Melissa
Pledge Allegiance to the American Flag led by Doug Riddell
Guest Rotarians:   Jill Drexhage
Guests of Rotarians:   Terri Bayus, who is the Coordinator for the Lighted Boat Parade, among other things. 
There was a Lighted Boat Parade meeting today and there will also be one next week at 11:00.   Come and join the committee for this fun event. 
DDS Check for $1,040.00 received for a Rotary Grant....thanks, Pete.
Deepa’s wine event this Saturday.....Mike will be going down and if you can’t go, but would like to support Pace Universal, Mike will bring back the wine for is $30.00/bottle
Our new exchange student has arrived from Italy.  We hope to have her at a meeting real soon.
Jamie said we have about 34 signed up to help with the Avo/Marg Festival......we still need 50 total.  If you have signed up, you should have gotten an email telling you where to go, who to see etc.  If you have friends or neighbors who would like to help this community effort, sign them up and bring them with you.  Contact  Jamie (805) 801-7162
Frank Martinez said Hi and would like to come to a meeting if possible.
Terri Bayus talked about the Central Coast Writers Conference which will be held at Cuesta College on September 27-29.  It is a conference with all levels of writing classes.....cost is $250 for the weekend.  Sounds like many exciting classes for those who are interested in writing.   Terri’s enthusiasm is contagious!
Our speaker, Robert Sachs, was introduced by Michael Shaffran.  
His main focus is Ayurveda, which is a system of medicine with historic roots in India.  Globalized and Modernized practices derived from Ayurveda traditions are a type of alternative medicine.  The purpose of this type of medicine is to keep people healthy and happy.  We may unhealthy because of Ignorance (lifestyle of coffee drinking etc.), Attachment (we like what we like) or Aggression (push back or stress).  Our lifestyle contributes to 90% of how we feel.  Exercise and diet are vitally important as well.....different kinds for different body types etc.  
Detoxification......could change your health.  Massage, hydro therapies, and acupuncture are also part of the program.  The program points out the strong connections between the mind, body and spirit. 
Robert and his wife, Melanie, live in Oceano and he has written several books, some of which he brought with him to sell.   
Next week will be Si Tenenberg, whose focus is what we can do to support our troops.  Si is always an interesting speaker and has greatly improved the lives of our military.
50/50 won by Mike Pond and passed on to the staff at the View.  Thanks for your generosity, Mike.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.”  Mahatma Gandhi.




AUGUST 14, 2018
President Jude opened our meeting with a “Welcome to Rotary”; our response was
“We Make Waves”.
Invocation by Ken Stilts
Pledge to the Flag by John Solu
Visiting Rotarians:    Mary Ellen and Kathleen from Palm Desert, and it was nice to see Eric Luthi and John Solu whom we have not seen for a while.
Guests of Rotarians:   Steve Carnes brought Jeff Heller, who has visited Rotary in the past and is now running for MB City Council.  
Thanks to Katherine for the birthday cake for Max’s mom; it was both beautiful and delicious.    
Thanks to Chuck for the new laptop computer and accessories; we definitely needed a new one!!  We will make sure the 10 year old stuff will be taken to an e-cycle center somewhere. 
Katherine read a thank you note from SLONOOR for the $500 we gave them.   And Matt read a thank you note from Big Brothers/Big Sisters who we supported in the amount of $250.  A HUGE thank you to Heidi for the work she does on these grants.
Judy spoke about the Human Trafficking Summit which will be held in MB on September 15th.    She has posters and she also has tickets to sell.
Tomorrow is the Garden House event.
Maritime Museum will have its Grand Opening on September 29th.
Mike Pond met the new Italian Exchange Student last night.  Hope to have her at our meeting next week.
Deepa’s wine event at her winery will be on August 25th.  Free dinner; it’s a fundraiser through the selling of wine.  
Call Jamie and sign up for the Avo/Marg Festival if you haven’t already.  We are still in need of many more people to work during this event; you can even bring your family and friends to help us out . 
Max’s family gave our club a gift of $300 and we plan to do something special with it.  They made it home safe and sound and are home and doing well.
Ken Casida and Chuck Clarke awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship to Andrea Turnquist, who was chosen from one of the Quartets.  
Elsie, Lorraine and John were fined $25 each for not giving quick answers in the 5 second test.   Actually, it turns out whether we were quick or not, we were still fined.  
Liz Moore and Ryan Mammarella were our speakers today.  Liz is the MBHS Work-Based Learning Coordinator.  Their job is to connect business with education.  One of the things they are doing is the “Just 1 Job Fair”.  What skills would a student need to be successful at a job interview?  Confidence, appearance, how to speak, disclosing who you are, researching the company you are interviewing with are all answers to that question.  It’s also important to bring evidence of your knowledge, and communicate well.  Seniors probably will not have these skills, so Work Based Learning is very important.  Sometimes they ask members in the community to give interviews and then give the student feedback from the interview.  Businesses are usually willing to “job shadow” with a student.  The Morro Bay High School “Just 1 Fair” is March 19th, 2019.  These students are the face of our community’s future.  The entire Junior Class at MBHS is being taken to SLO to go to the “Just 1 Fair”.
Judy, Steve and Scott were next with the five second test.....they all lost the race, and were fined $25.
Next week’s guest is Robert Sachs, Meditation Strategies 4 Happy Living.  Better come...we all want to live happy!!
50/50 won by Former Prez Pete.
Quote of the Day: “It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.”   Ann Landers
Meeting called to order by President Jude
Invocation by:  Heidi
Pledge to the Flag led by Max
Visiting Rotarians:  Kathleen and Mary from Palm Desert; Dawn Addis and her family from Los Osos;  Leonard with Los Osos Rotary who was peddling raffle tickets; Max with his parents and younger brother; Deepa; and Stella, our Junior Rotarian.
Guests of Rotarians:   Emily, with Judy S.; the Browns who also work with Judy on Human Trafficking; Bonnie Jones; Judy’s daughter, Jody; Gary Owens  brought his son, Mike; Paige who came with Elsie for the second time. 
John Weiss announced that he has filed papers and plans to run for Mayor.
Judy S. and Bonnie Jones will have tickets available for the Human Trafficking Summit today and from now on.
We still need help for the Avo/Marg Festival; let Jamie know if you are available to help.  We have about 30 volunteers, we need 50.
Next we gave a birthday gift of a homemade apron to Lawrence, Max’ mom; Katherine G also brought a beautiful cake for her.  She said she had never had a cake before; Max’s family spoke in French, translated by Max, thanking our Club so much for everything we have done for his family.  They awarded our Club a financial gift to help with all of the things we do.  Next Max thanked us very much for all our Club has done for him.  Max is a special person, we have all benefited from knowing him and I’m sure we will continue to follow his life.  His brother, Clarence is just eight years away from being able to come here as an Exchange Student.  
John Weiss introduced Deepa, our very special speaker today.  This year’s theme for Rotary International is “Be the Inspiration”.  Our world has many problems including poverty and human trafficking.  Peace is not just the lack of war.  Two million girls are sold each year into human trafficking.  On the Central Coast, Human Trafficking is associated with gangs, the hotel industry, and the farming industry.  Deepa says if you can get girls into school, you can change the course of a nation.  Deepa’s school brings pride, laughter and hope to the girls.  They have an After School Enrichment Program.  The girls at PACE have an opportunity to write their stories and then act them out in front of the perpetrators.   Deepa’s organization has brought in fruit trees, put in sanitation, built roads, and brought in electricity.  Why does Deepa have such a passion to help?   She wants to Change the Face of Hopelessness and Fear.
Deepa is having a fundraiser at her winery with all proceeds going to support her school for girls.  We would like to have as many of us as are able go down to Solvang to support Deepa’s efforts.  More details next week.
We awarded Deepa with a check that will cover expenses for two girls in her school.  She also brought, and sold, many beautiful handmade pieces of jewelry.
Max leaves about 12 tomorrow.  If any of us want to go to the airport to say good bye there at 10:30 in the morning.
50/50 won by Nancy....$ was passed on to Deepa.   
Quote for the day.  “Your work is to discover the world and then with all your heart, give yourself to it.”  Buddha
July 31, 2018
Meeting called to order by President Jude
Invocation by Michael Shaffran, after which we sang a speedy version of “Happy Birthday” to Michael, our best effort ever!!
Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag:  Katherine
Rotarian Guests:    None today
Guests of Rotarians:   Mike Williams introduced Ron Vasconcellos, from North County Adaptive Sports and Rec; Jordan Ridge who was our Outgoing Rotary Exchange student who spent last year in Germany; Kimberly Perez with Pacific Wildlife Care.
Jamie sent around a sign up sheet for the Avo/Marg Festival on September 8th.  We need to sign up 50 people for five hour shifts so we will have enough hours to earn our club $5,000.
Pete announced that on August 5th, the Zotovich’s and the Kimbrell’s will be hosting a party for Max and his family, who will be going back to France on the 8th of August.  We want to get together to give them a good send off.   Pete passed around a sign up sheet so he will know how many to prepare for.  Bring your own drinks; food will be provided.
Heidi presented a check in the amount of $800.00 to Kimberly from Pacific Wildlife Care.  This check will specifically be used for a video camera to monitor the Sea bird section of their facility.  The camera will help keep the birds stress free while they are being watched.
Jamie was next with tips about the Clubrunner.  She explained how to get on the website, how much info is on the site, upcoming events, the bulletin each week, etc.  She told us how to get logged in for the few of us who have not ever logged in.  We are able to get emails, phone numbers and birthdays from our site; as well as update our own information.  We can also sign up to attend and buy tickets for the Human Trafficking Summit on Clubrunner.
Mike Williams introduced Ron Vasconcellos, who graduated from Cal Poly with an Engineering degree.  He is now working closely with the Kinesiology Dept at Cal Poly to  serve individuals with various special needs.  They provide adaptive sports, including swimming, to help with building skills, gain self confidence as well as provide social interactions.  This non-profit started in 2010 and has done much to enrich the lives of adults with disabilities.  A bocce ball court which is used by Cal Poly as well as the Adaptive Sports participants was entirely built by volunteers.  Everyone who works in this program is a volunteer from the top down.  Basketball, volleyball, bocce ball, aquatics, line dancing (which has turned out to be a favorite), and broom ball are just a few of the activities that are offered.  They now have an average of 18 Cal Poly students who help with their programs.  Many of these students, including Tom Hay’s daughter Marissa, go on to have careers in this field.  Thank you, Ron, for this informative talk.  It’s good to know about the wonderful programs going on in our area.  
Next week’s program will be Deepa Willingham, speaking about her PACE School and also Human Trafficking.
50/50 was won by Jamie............Well Deserved
Be the Inspiration.     ”You can do anything, but you can’t do everything; so Choose Carefully” a quote from a Dove candy wrapper.  
JULY 24, 2018
Meeting called to order by President Jude
Invocation by Melissa
Pledge Allegiance to our Flag led by Gary
Guest Rotarians:  Nope
Guests of Rotarians:  Stella, our Junior Rotarian; Joel Erwin, our guest speaker from Cal Trans.
Upcoming Events:  Garden House, August 15th celebrating Wonder Garden.  It is free and will have music and games.  Burgers/hot dogs will be available for sale.
Avocado/Margarita Festival....passed around signup sheet.  Coming up September 8th, opportunities to sell tickets, work the bar, attach bracelets, volunteer check in, kids play area and more.  Also, we need to go to surrounding towns and Morro Bay businesses to pass out posters.   We get credit for everything we do, and with enough volunteer hours, we will receive $5,000 from working this event
Judy also had posters to pass out for SLO County Human Trafficking Summit.  You can register on line; Jamie will have more information on registering next week.  Deepa will be giving a presentation about this on August 7th.
We received a nice thank you note from the Assistance League; with the money they received from our Club, they were able to buy clothes and backpacks for two school children.
We sponsored one Veteran to go on the Honor Flight; we also received a thank you note from them for our $1,500 donation.  
Pete and Kathi took Max to see his parents in San Francisco.  Their plane was delayed 7 hours, but he was very excited to see them.  They are all in Yosemite now....
There will be a “meet and greet” with Max and his family on August 5th at Pete’s house, 4 - 7pm.
Next week Jamie will be showing us all how to use “Clubrunner”.   
Jude said that Greg Hardcastle has had back fusion surgery and will be home in a body cast for a while.  Our prayers and best wishes go out to Greg and Gretchen.
Gary Owens asked how you get a personalized placemat?   The answer is “Come late every week”, so Mike Williams is the special person that gets a special mat.
Lots of birthdays....each fined $10.00, including Ken C, Judy, Mike W, Rich Riedel, and Mike Shaffran
Nick was fined $20 for not knowing what was going on with the fireworks in Morro Bay by the Cloisters last night.
Michael Shaffran introduced the speaker, Joe Erwin who has been with Cal Trans for the past 13 years.  Joe went to Cal Poly and lives in Morro Bay with his wife and two sons.  He has worked on the Mud Creek Landslide since May of last year.  Fifteen acres of land (5 million cubic yards) went onto the road and into the ocean.  The road was built back up on top of the mud slide; literally tons of huge rocks were brought in to stop the erosion.  The new roadway has been buttressed with a series of embankments, berms, rocks, netting, culverts ad other stabilizing materials.  This will have a 54 million dollar price tag by the time it is finished.  Very interesting and of interest to all of us; especially Jan since she has a business in Cambria and has already seen an increase in business.
Next week our speaker will be Ron Vasconcellos, North County Adaptive Sports and Rec.
50/50 was drawn by Stella and won by Ken Stilts
Exemption was won by Elsie
July 17, 2018
Meeting called to order by President Jude
Invocation by Ken Stilts
Pledge to the Flag by Steve Carnes
Joke by Jude.....camping/bear jokes....very good and funny.
Visiting Rotarians:  Jill Drexhage from SLO who used to be “one of us”
Guests of Rotarians:  Paige Wilhite, guest of Elsie; Jack Keely, guest of Doug R (this was his 3rd meeting and will be brought into the Club soon); Jeff Jones brought his wife, June; Mike Pond introduced Jordan Ridge, our outbound exchange student; Allison from Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Ju Ju, Kasey’s dog who helps out at the Garden House; and Stella, our Junior Rotarian.
Jude announced new members, Chief Greg Allen and Scott Collins, and thanked them for joining our club.  Jude said we had a good board retreat at the home of the Casida’s; our board meetings will be the third Wednesday of every month at the View at 7:30.
Jude’s focus for this year will be Human Trafficking and Peace Building (in need of a chairperson for this committee).  She said Katherine volunteered to help us with our publicity.  As part of Jude’s effort to bring public awareness of all that Rotarians do, she hopes we will wear Rotary apparel whenever we are serving the public. 
We are still looking for our box of banners which has disappeared.
Membership letters announcing our annual fees have been mailed; they are very similar to last year except RI fees went up $5.00; our lunch fees remain the same.
Pete gave an update about Max who is now on a train and will be meeting his parents in San Francisco.   We hope to have a “meet Max and his parents” social at Pete’s house on the 5th of August.
Avocado/Marg Festival is Saturday, September 8th; we are in need of volunteers, if we provide 50 volunteers, we will be paid $5,000.  Please sign up!!!   A signup sheet was passed and will be passed around for the next few weeks.
Mike made an announcement about Deepa...she is having a wine tasting event on August 25 at TRATTORIA GRAPOLLO in Santa Ynez; maybe it can be an August Social? 
Mike introduced Jordan Ridge, our outbound student who spent the last school year in Germany.  She said the experience was amazing and she will be giving a program at another time.  Jordan received one of our $2,000 scholarships awarded to MBHS students.   We have another girl arriving in August and we still need a host family.   In the meantime, she will be staying in SLO.
Heidi made a presentation to Allison from Big Brothers/Big Sisters in the amount of $250.   Allison gave a brief presentation on what they do, including matching older students with elementary school students to meet for an hour a week.
Pete was fined $20 for taking his badge home....but he did bring it back.   Judy offered to pay his fine by “Paying it forward”, since she was not fined by Pete for the same offense.
Geo Pecci, who joined twelve other Americans on an unsanctioned tour to North Korea was our speaker today.  Their government is similar to that in Russia, China and Japan.  We signed a truce with North Korea; not a peace agreement, so it is the only nation we are still “at war” with.  Kim is the world’s youngest leader.  If you visit Korea you will get a blue card, but your passport will not be stamped.  Geo did not know until the night before whether he would be allowed to get in.  They have all Americans stay in a hotel that is on an island.  He talked about the Christian Persecution in North Korea, which is the worst in the entire world.  He showed a forbidden picture of himself with two soldiers; they don’t allow pictures of poverty or anything that might be bad publicity.  The Korean people are not allowed to get close to Christians who are in the country for fear they may be given a bible.  He feels that Clinton and Carter are responsible for North Korea having their nukes.  China is the “big brother” for them and they want reunification between North and South Korea.  There were talks about the “remains” of our servicemen who are still in North Korea being brought home to be buried in America. 
50/50 won by Bill Peirce
Next week’s speaker will be Joe Erwin, Project Mgr. Cal Trans - Hwy 1 update.  Come and find out what’s going on with Cal Trans. 
July 10, 2018
Meeting was called to order by President Jude dressed in her robe and nightcap.  She explained that she was not quite used to the idea of having to get up and get herself ready so early.  
The Invocation was by Dan Costley
Pledge to the flag by Ken Stilts
Guests:  Linda Costley and Chief Allen were brought by Dan; Stella brought Melissa; Doug introduced Jack Keely who has attended 3 Club meetings; Kasey brought her co-worker Jody.  
Announcements:  Food will be out until 12:15 to accommodate those who come late; we’ll have a special place for Mike Williams so he can always find a seat.   
Standing Ovations requested for youth visitors, new members, and special speakers.   After the meeting ends, make an effort to connect with those who have been up in front speaking, receiving an award or new members.  
Mike said they had a great time at the Blues Game.   Blues won and we had a seating area was quite warm but fun to be together and cheer on the BLUES.
Membership letter has gone out.....if you didn’t get one; let Jude know so that we will have a letter filled out by all members.
Board Retreat will be Saturday the 14th at the Casida’s  We need someone who will take notes at our 11 board meetings. 
Sherry Sims, Cayucos Rotary President this year and Monica, also from Cayucos Rotary were here to sell tickets for a chance to win a Street Legal Golf Cart.   They are selling 390 tickets at $100.00 each.
Pete gave us a few highlights of his “Beemotion” and gave awards to the following members:    Michael Shaffran for being the invocation leader, Nick for what he does for International Rotary, and Melissa for being very involved with our youth program.  Gary Owens was also recognized for being the Sergeant at Arms for ten years......a job passed on to Mike Pond.  
Jude gave the Paul Harris Society Award to John Weiss.
The box with our MB Rotary Banners has disappeared so if anyone knows where it is ....please let us know.
Don said there will be a special orientation for Chief Allen and Jack Keely on Monday night.    Today we brought Chief Allen in as a member of our Club.  Chief Knuckles introduced Chief Allen who already is so engaged with the community; he is a great addition to our club.  Then Chief Allen gave a short synopsis of his life including 35 years on the police force.  He loves to go back packing and has three grandchildren he loves to be with.  But he said he really loves being engaged with people as he goes about his duties in Morro Bay which will be a great attribute in Rotary as well.  We gave him our first standing ovation of the year.  
Sherry Sims gave a few words about Toronto and why she loves to go to Rotary International Conventions.  She said it is very inspiring and she especially liked the speech on literacy by Former First Lady Laura Bush.
Jude said we should sign up now to go to the Convention next year in Hamburg.    Sounds like a great time to spend with other Rotarians.  
Next week our program will be presented by Geo Pecci who has been to North Korea several times.   
Stella pulled the lucky 50/50 winner who was Jack Keely.
Jude said Goodbye to Pete, but we will continue to see him at Rotary and all events.    Thanks, Pete, for all you did to make your year fun and successful.
June 26, 2018
Meeting was called to order by Prez Pete - this is Pete's last meeting as our President!!!  Thanks for such a wonderful year Pete!!!
Invocation by Judy - words of wisdom by Andy Rooney
Pledge to the Flag of the USA led by Scott Collins
Four Way Test recited by all
Joke by Pete....a Rotary joke...
Guests of Rotarians:   Kasey brought Jody, our Junior Rotarian Stella was here with her mom, Scott Collins, Greg Allen, Doug Garland from Shell Beach, Honor Flight representative Janice House and Kathi Zotovich. 
Passed around the tip jar for donations to the staff at the View
SLO BLUES Baseball game tickets; buy one for $10.00; will be a fun night; Sunday, July 8th
Jude is having a good and informative time but is also looking forward to getting back.  Jude’s first meeting as President will be July 10th when she will talk about her time in Toronto.
Anyone wanting to help decorate the float for the 4th of July parade; gather in Cayucos on the day before.  Pete will send around an informative email in the next day or two.
Heidi gave a check in the amount of $1500 to Janice House with Honor Flights.  This organization arranges to take veterans to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials at no cost to them.  They are in need of guardians to accompany the veterans on this life changing trip.  
Don Doubledee introduced Scott Collins, the MB City Manager, who is as of today, a member of our club.   He went to Lolos last night for orientation to learn more about what Rotary is and what is expected of him as a member.  Scott received a pin and a packet and thanked us for inviting him to join our club.  He told us a little about his past history, his job and his family.  
Pete introduced our program speaker, Bryan Schwartz, who emceed our program today.   We played a game of “Hot Seat” with Pete.  Pete asked several members questions starting with Steve Knuckles -”where do you see yourself in five years”.  Next Scott Collins - “what will it say on your tombstone”.  Lorraine’s question was “Why did you join Rotary”?  Gary Owens question was “How many years have you been in Rotary?”
Now it was time to ask Pete questions starting with his lovely wife, Kathi, whose question to Pete was “What is a little known fact about you that you would like to share”?  Mary was next - “Who would you consider to be the boss of your family?” was her question.  Scott’s question was “Did you ever get in a fight with one of your students?”  Tom Hay had a question as well “what happened to the printing program that used to be in high schools”?  Michael Shaffran was next with a question about the Indianapolis 500.    Heidi asked “What do you and the Academy Awards have in common?”  Don Doubledee asked Pete “How long have you been keeping bees?  And how many times have you been stung?”  Heidi asked about Pete’s addition to the bees, cats and dogs.  Mike asked where he met his wife and where did they go on their first date?  Jamie asked Pete “Do you have any Trekkie costumes?    I don’t have room for all the answers just had to be there.  It was a really fun meeting!!!
Jamie won the 50/50....Hope to see everyone on Friday night at the View at 5:30 for Pete’s BEEMOTION.
The question is not “who will let me...the question is who can stop me”.  
June 19, 2018
Meeting called to order by Prez Pete
Invocation by Michael Shaffran
Pledge to the Flag by all
Joke by to name our kids ....Very Funny
Visiting Rotarians:   Joyce & Clyde Ganes and Dannie Tope all from the Paso Robles Rotary Club.
Visiting Guests:   Judy’s daughter and Kasey’s employee, Jody
Assistance League Representative, Charlene
Scott Collins brought by Chief Knuckles
Brian Schwartz, our special speaker
John Weiss thanked our Club for all the support; he had a fun Step Down, with several of our Club members present.  Mike gave him a special thank you and we gave him a standing ovation.    He also mentioned several special awards that were given out at the Step Down.
Jude Minute:   Mentioned the Chamber Mixer which will be at the View Wednesday evening.    She continued with the auction of the honor of throwing out the first pitch at our BLUES game.     The bid was at $40.00 last week and since there was not a higher bid, Lorraine got it at that price.  This year our Club received the Gold Club of Distinction Award.
Mike Williams mentioned his Annual BBQ for Project Surf Camp on Friday, June 29th which will start at noon and goes til 4pm.  His goal is to raise $6,000 this year; so come on out and enjoy lunch and buy a bunch of raffle tickets to raise money for a worthy cause.
Also on the 29th we will have Pete’s “Beemotion”.  A fun evening to thank and razz Pete for his year as our President.  If you haven’t signed up, check your calendar and we will give you another chance next week; or email Elsie or Jamie to say you can come!!! 
Our Rotary Exchange student from Italy will be arriving in August.  Mike has the first host family lined up but is looking for others.  Also Mike has SLO BLUES Baseball tickets to sell; buy some and enjoy the evening as well as help out our club’s fund raising efforts.
Judy mentioned the brick selling fundraising efforts for the Maritime Museum; the deadline to purchase is July 5th for the first set of bricks which will be set in the front of the building.
Heidi presented a check from our Club in the amount of $250 to Charlene with the Assistance League.  The Assistance League buys new clothes and shoes for children in this county.  The students are able to go to the store and pick out their own clothes.  It is an all volunteer organization making a big difference in these kid’s lives.
Fines - Judy was recognized for being married 46 years; Chuck Clark was fined for not having the correct answer to a question taken from the Rotarian; Don Doubledee was fined $32; Jamie got her question right; Jeff did not know how many trees were planted this year – 1.2 million and was fined $30; Heidi took Max down to the train station to go on his U.S. trip, but was fined $20 anyway; Bill Pierce was fined $20.
Judy introduced our speaker, Brian, Schwartz who has been entertaining at the Wine Seller once a month – along with his Ukulele group.   He shared with us the struggles he has gone through in the past few years.  He said one of the best things about the Central Coast is the Community here.  When you step up and join things within the community; it becomes much more your home.  His recipe for Health and Happiness is writing, yoga/meditation, and Ukulele playing.  Surprisingly, there are several groups of Ukulele players here on the Central Coast.    He played a couple of songs for us, and will be back next week to put “Pete in the Hot Seat”; it’ll be a fun day, be sure to come.......
Pete will ask questions from the Rotarian next week read your Rotarian magazine.
Jamie won the 50/50.
Enjoy your week.....see you next Tuesday or at the Chamber Mixer on Wednesday evening.
June 12, 2018
Meeting called to order by:   Prez Pete
Invocation:   Melissa
Pledge to the Flag:   Katherine
Visiting Rotarians:   Dan Dow, SLO Rotary
Mike Williams gave an announcement about Project Surf Camp fundraiser on June 29th - his annual BBQ Potluck and Blood Drive; it’s being held from noon to 4pm at SLO Sports Therapy.  There will be an opportunity to buy raffle tickets to win great prizes.    
Katherine told us about the June Chamber Mixer - right here at the golf course Wednesday, June 20th from 5:30 - 7:30pm.  It will be fun!!  And there will be food!!
Three individuals have filled out applications to become members of our club...Police Chief Greg Allen, sponsored by Steve Knuckles; City Manager Scott Collins, sponsored by John Weiss; and Jack Keely, sponsored by Doug Riddell.
Chuck Clark brought proof concerning his talk last week; although I don’t think anyone accused him of giving us Fake News.  
Jude Minute:  We will be selling tickets for the SLO BLUES BASEBALL game - everyone buy a $10 ticket or several - It’ll be a fun night and it’s a fundraiser!!  Jude tried to auction of the opportunity to throw the first pitch; she got an offer of $40 - to be continued - bring money with you next week if you want this once in a lifetime opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a BLUES game.
Heidi came up to award $250 to Circle of Friends, a non-profit who feeds the homeless and  $500 to The Noor Clinic; an organization that gives free medical, dental and vision work for those uninsured and in need.  That is just two of the many community grant awards given out by our Club this year.
Doug brought boxes that need to be mailed.
The square board is back up today so buy a square for $10 for the opportunity to win a  PHF.
Max was our next speaker.  He showed slides from the beginning of his journey to the U.S.A. until the present time.  He boarded the plane in his blue blazer with no pins on it; now his entire jacket is covered with souvenir tags from everywhere he has been.  He has loved his time in the USA with “MumZ and DadZ” and Heidi, Noah and their family.  Morro Bay is the “California Dream” and part of that “dream” was going surfing for the first time.  He joined the water polo team and the baseball teams at MBHS.  We gave him a standing ovation.
Next, Judy introduced Beth Raub from Victim Witness program.  District Attorney, Dan Dow started the SLO Task Force to stop Human Trafficking.  There is labor and sex trafficking, which are both financially driven, the average age is between 19 and 21 years old.  In SLO County we have had 8 cases that have been prosecuted.  Be aware of “Red Flags” that may show up when you go into a business, or if you own a business that deals with the public.  Traffickers may pose as spouse, partner, or employer, and they may answer all questions, and confiscate all ID’s etc.   Put this number in your phone 888-373-7888; you may need it if you see something you feel needs to be reported.  Or call your local Police Dept. and report your suspicions.  Join with Rotarians who have taken up the cause, including our own Rotary Club.   Plan to come to the Human Trafficking Summit, September 15th at the Morro Bay Community Center. 
50/50 won by Don Doubledee
Next week’s speaker is Pete Schwartz
June 5, 2018
Meeting called to order by Prez Pete
Invocation by Ken Stilts
Pledge to the Flag by all of us
Recitation of the Four Way Test
Joke by the was a funny one!!
Visiting Rotarian Carolyn Britten from Visalia and, Tom Hay, who we haven’t seen in quite a while, who celebrated his birthday with us.  Happy Birthday Tom.
CELEBRATE ROTARY - John Weiss’s Step Down on June 16th, 10am-1:30pm; tickets are $40; you need to sign up by the 10th.  Gary will drive his motor home down if we have a good number of people going.
In June we will have the “Jude Minute” where Jude will talk about next year when she will be President.  Today it was the “Jude 5 Minutes” and she talked about all the training she has had, so she is well prepared for next year when she will be our President.
SLO BLUES BASEBALL TICKETS on sale....$10 each.....see Mike or Pete.
This Saturday there will be a social at Pete and Kathi’s home to watch the Belmont Stakes.    Come at 1:00....leave at 4:00......munchies will be provided.
Pete’s Demotion will be June 29th; we are planning a very fun evening; we passed around the sign-up sheet.  The evening will start with social hour at 5:30pm with Mexican food at 6:15.
Kasey gave an update on the Garden House fund raiser which was last Sunday. 
 Exemption for next month was awarded to Steve Carnes, so he won’t be fined for his anniversary.  
Andrea won the drawing for the 1st PHF quartet and Nick won the drawing for the second quartet.  We will draw again next year for the second PHF awards on both quartets.
Tonight is Awards Night at the High School.   We will be awarding five $2,000.00 scholarships to graduating high school seniors.
Don was fined $20 for making Pete lose his train of thought.....nice to be able to come up with an excuse, Pete.
Max was our featured speaker today but was unable to come due to sickness, so we had talks by a few of our members. 
Dan gave a quick talk on his time in law enforcement, including being involved in saving the life of a young boy who was choking.  His nick name was “Soft Serve”, because he is big, but nice. 
Chuck, who was looking very dapper in his classy sear sucker suit coat, told us about a time he was summoned to a Four Star General’s office for a special assignment.  He had a meeting at the White House Situation Room with Henry Kissinger and others.  Yes, Chuck, you have had a very interesting life!!
Ken Stilts told us about a time when he was with the Flying Samaritans and he had to pull a tooth in less than ideal conditions.  Dentistry is scary enough in the best of conditions!!
Tom drew for the 50/50 and it was won by Greg Hardcastle.
Next week will be Beth Raub from the Human Trafficking Task Force.  Don’t miss this meeting!!
“Do or Do Not....There is No Try”.   Quote of the day by Yoda...... 
Morro Bay Rotary Club
May 29, 2018
Meeting called to order by Prez Pete
Invocation by Dan Costley
Pledge to the Flag by Everyone
Pete asked all Military Veterans to come forward and we gave them a standing ovation
Joke by Pete - Einstein and Taxi Cab
Visiting Rotarians:   Ruth Ann
Visitors:   Many visitors today for our hero’s day.  Jack Keeley was here again; glad to have him!!
June 16....Step down for John Weiss; you can register online.
July 8.....SLO Blues Baseball Game; buy your tickets soon; $10 each.
June 2....Santa Barbara City College; Leadership Conference.
June 3....Garden House; 3-6pm; make reservations.
Max....only has a week and a half left at school and then will go on his month long train trip.   June 5....Max will be speaking about his time in the U.S.A.  Be sure to come to this important meeting.  Show your support to Max!!
A check in the amount of $100 was presented to Stuart Colletti as a Third Place award for the essay he wrote about the importance of living our lives by the Four Way Test.
John Weiss gave a synopsis on what our district has been doing.  Yesterday he and Jeff Jones went to the Bakersfield Rotary Club to participate in the placing of the flags for Memorial Day.   The “Real” Rosie the Riveter was there.  She was the inspiration for the cultural icon of WWII representing the women who worked in factories and shipyards during the war.  She said she just “wanted to do her part for our country.”  “We Can Do It!”
Pete mentioned Dan Costley for his anniversary; Chuck Clark was the speaker at the memorial service at the Los Osos Cemetery and did an excellent job as always.  He is an inspiration to all!!
Pete asked Melissa a sports question...Nope and a $20 fine.  Andrea was fined $20 because she did not know the answer to a Classic Movie question - John Wayne.  Pete Starlings was fined $20 because he did not know who has won four Oscars.  John Solu was fined $40 because he missed a Betty Davis question.  Ryan Sedley missed a Lord of the Rings question and was fined $40.  Judy Salamacha was fined $10 because she did not have “the foggiest idea” what the answer was.  Jan was fined $20 for giving a correct answer.  (I guess you just can’t win at this)
Pete introduced our own District Governor, John Weiss to MC our Hero’s Day.  He started with Ruth Ann who was Mary’s guest.  Ruth Ann’s passion has been the environment and is now Peace and Civil Rights.  She started the “Yes, I Can Peace Builders” movement in Morro Bay.   September 21st is International Peace Day in Morro Bay.
Andrea Turnquist and Carl Bloom (who was her guest and hero) were next.  He is the Vice Principal at the Middle School in Los Osos.  Janet Gould was also a hero/guest of Andrea, whose children all went to Del Mar.  Ms. Gould is the Principal at Del Mar; she started teaching at Del Mar and has been the Principal for eleven years. 
An award was given by John Weiss to Gene Appleby who has been a friend of John’s for years and John knows him to be a very generous contributor to the needs of the youth in Morro Bay.   
Judy was next with her guest, Bonnie Jones, who is currently involved with feeding the homeless in Morro Bay as well as many other things.  
Next Pete honored Bill Pierce for all that he does as our Treasurer as well as all the fact that he works at all of our events.
Chuck Clarke was also honored as the public hero for our Club.
The meeting closed with the 50/50 drawing won by Nancy. 
Survey coming out this week.....please take’s the last one!!!  
“I am not a product of my circumstances; I am a product of my choices”.    
MAY 22, 2018
MEETING called to order by Prez Pete
FOUR WAY TEST recitation
Nick paid $40 in lieu of singing Happy Birthday to all who celebrated May birthdays; gave us a hand instead.
Joke by Prez Pete.....May Flowers.....Mayflower
Rick and Claire gave a short synopsis of their recent travels....and what is to come.  
Visitors:   Jack Keely who was a previous Rotarian and might come back to us.
Step down for John Weiss June 16th.   Max’ birthday was yesterday and was celebrated by Pete and family, Heidi and her family and Chuck and Liz. He will soon be going on his month long train trip with other exchange students.  
The ever popular Hero’s Program is next week; we have five so far.  The MC will be our District Governor, John Weiss.
The Garden House fundraiser is scheduled for June 3rd, tickets are $20; reserve yours now.
Blues Baseball tickets are available from Mike Pond for the July 8th game.   Tickets were given to us and being sold for $10; it’s being used as a small fund raiser for our Club’s Foundation, AND it’s a fun thing to do!!
Gary was fined $30 for not knowing the name of the trophy given at the Preakness Stakes; Mike fined $20 for trying to help Gary; Chuck fined $20; Jude cheated so knew an answer - however, she did not know the next answer; Jan fined $20 for giving an incorrect answer; Melissa was asked a racing question and was fined $20, she doesn’t know or care about racing or sports in general - I’m with her!!
Next Rick and Claire asked Rams Trivia - they started by asking Melissa, Nick, Mike, Bill, Mary and others questions and gifting them with prizes pulled out of a bag.....a favorite prize being a pen holder.  Then Rick introduced Gabriel Granados, who is the Activity Coordinator for the Veterans Outreach, a group that councils veterans on what is available to help them with mental and physical health issues.  They also help veterans transition from combat to home.   He started with asking ”What does it mean to be Healthy”?  And “Have you or someone you know had substance abuse issues or mental health challenges?”  The Veterans Outreach group takes vets surfing, zip lining etc., they also have falcon and equine programs.  They have a therapist at their events who they can talk to in an informal setting.  They work on improving their emotional well being, and on having fun and socializing with other vets and their families.   Their next event is June 15th from 4:30 to 7:30 – “ZIP-LINING in Santa Margarita.”  Rick Grantham presented a check to Veterans Outreach in the amount of $1,000.
Please try to make the June 5th meeting because Max will be our speaker.  We have all benefited from having him with us.
Steve Carnes won the 50/50 drawing.
MAY 15, 2018
Meeting called to order by Prez Pete
Invocation by Judy
Pledge to the Flag by Pete Starlings
Recitation of the Four Way Test
Joke for the day by Pete
Guest of Rotarians:  Kasey introduced her three guests from the Garden House, once of which was Judy’s daughter, Jody.  Jack Keely was also a visitor today.
We have a board meeting tomorrow at 7:30am at the View.
Nick gave a wrap up on the golf tournament and presented the club with a check in the amount of $10,883.00.  We still have to take the expenses out, but it looks like a good fund raiser.    
Mike said we need someone to host a student from Italy next year.  She is a wonderful student and will be a good fit for our club.  We would like to have three families step up who would take her into their home for three months.
May 29th is our Hero program; think about someone you could bring.
Rotary’s May Satisfaction survey is on our tables; only ten of us took it this month.  Next month will be the last one, please take a couple of minutes to fill it out when it arrives in your inbox.
SLO Blues Baseball tickets will be available next week; the game is Sunday, July 8th @ 4pm.  It will be a fun evening.  Cost is $10/ticket, be sure to buy a ticket or several tickets and bring friends, family and neighbors.
Also, we are hoping to have our PHF board filled out this month.  The squares are $10.00 each; when all the squares are sold, we will draw the winner who will be awarded a PHF.
Jude thanked John so much for the simplified documents for awards.  John talked a little about the Fiesta Foundation evening.  We gave a PHF posthumously to the speaker’s mother who raised three children while in an iron lung.  Deepa was also given an award and three of the children she has worked with were there to say a few words.
Ken, Don Doubledee and John presented a PHF to Michael Shaffran.  Don won the award by picking the winning team in the March Madness and he chose to give his PHF to Michael because of the work he has done.
Pete said the format of starting lunch at 11:30 with the meeting at 12:00 is working well.  That gives him more time to hand out fines, today starting with Heidi.  This week it was questions about racing; no, not NASCAR, Melissa.  If we don’t know much about the subject Prez Pete chooses, we will be much smarter after a few questions/fines.
Kasey introduced our speakers this week, two students from Cal Poly, who are also part of the Honors Program.  As part of the program, they are required to do community service.  Alex chose to work at the Garden House because the Wonder Garden goes well with his major.  Ella chose Garden House because her grandma and mother both have dementia.  They have incorporated sight, smell and touch into the garden with plantings that are environmentally friendly and non toxic.  They learn about brain anatomy and help the residents with their strengths and learn about their weaknesses.  The path design in the Garden is a figure eight shape so the residents can walk around outside when they are accompanied by a worker, family member or friend. The City has approved removal of the trees in front of the Garden House to enable the sun to shine in.  May 25th is the deadline for buying tickets to the Very Merry Unbirthday Party at the Garden House.  The event is being held on June 3rd, tickets are $20.00 with the party starting at 3:00 and dinner being served from 4-6pm. 
Winner of 50/50 was John Solu who donated it to Garden House.
MAY 8, 2018
MEETING called to order by Prez Pete
Invocation by:   Michael Shaffran
Pledge to the Flag led by Prez Pete
Four Way Test Recited
Joke by Prez Pete
Visiting Rotarians:
Don Goodpastor from East Fresno Rotary
Judy introduced Jim Brescia, Ed.D., the County Superintendent of Schools 
Rich Reidel brought his wife, Linda
Foundation Fiesta was an informative evening with the main speaker being a man whose mother contracted polio when her three children were young.    She was in an iron lung for 14 years while she raised her children with the help of four nurses who worked around the clock.
June 16th is step down for John in Santa Ynez.
Jamie had golf tournament announcements; we have 14 foursomes playing; dinner and awards afterwards.  Still need people to help sell raffle tickets after the tournament.  Golfers check in at 1:00, golf starts at 2:30;  dinner at about 5:00pm.
Max got an award for being an “Academic Junior”.   His last baseball game is in Santa Ynez on Friday.  He and one of the RYLA girls worked at the Car Show on Sunday.
Judy said the Maritime Museum had a sneak peek event a week ago and had a good turn-out.  They are raising money to complete the exhibit and interior work by selling bricks that will be laid in front of the museum.  Let Judy know if you would like to buy a brick. 
June 3rd is a VERY MERRY UNBIRTHDAY for Garden House.  Dinner is served from 4-6pm with other activities starting at 3pm.  Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going to help build the Garden Houses Wonder Garden.
   Ken and Mike Pond made a Paul Harris Fellowship presentation to Rich Reidel, who is always willing to help with all of our events, including putting in many, many, many hours on the Santa House.  Thank you , Rich!!!
Pete drew for a free Paul Harris Fellowship square on the board; it was won by John Solu.  
Pete told us the story of how the song, “A Spoonful of Sugar” came to be written for the Mary Poppin's movie.
Jamie’s birthday is May 15th so she was wished a Happy Birthday and fined $10.00; Heidi paid the fine since it is also her husband’s birthday.
Gary Englund and Sarah were fined $20.00 for not knowing the answer to a Kentucky Derby racing question.  Eric answered correctly but was still fined $10.00.  Jeff Jones fined $20.00 for an incorrect answer. 
Dr. Jim Brescia was our speaker, he is the County Superintendent of Schools.   There are 80 individual school buildings in our county, with Parkfield being the smallest school with an enrollment of six students.  Some of the schools have dormitory facilities for the teachers, which were really practical at one time, but are not used much in today’s world.  The mission of the SLO County Partners in Education is to create seamless pathways for career and college readiness.  They are very aware of the importance of providing training for students that will lead to jobs after graduation.  Thank you, Dr. Brescia for this interesting talk.
Jamie won the 50/50.....Happy Birthday!!
Have a nice Mother’s Day!!    Come back next week.
MAY 1, 2018
Meeting started promptly at noon....called to order by Prez Pete
Invocation by:   Melissa
Flag Salute led by:   Prez Pete
Recitation of the Four Way Test
Joke by Prez Pete......we gave him a groan...
Visitors:  Heidi’s brother was visiting before he leaves for Germany.  Melissa introduced the RYLA visitors. 
This Friday is Foundation Fiesta in Santa Maria; it will be a great program, please plan to come.  Register by tomorrow.  June 16th is the Step Down for DG John Weiss.
Car Show is this weekend; Steve passed around a signup sheet.
BBQ preparation is on Friday evening....... Dave needs help at the Community Center; the actual BBQ will be on Saturday.
Mike reported on the Bollywood fundraiser where the girls from Deepa’s school spoke.  Was a wonderful night; they will be coming to the Foundation Fiesta as well, another reason to attend the Fiesta.
Mike reported on the roundabout cleanup; we.had help and it is getting to look beautiful.  The Kiwanis Club helped Morro Bay in Bloom so there was a big group of workers.  Our group mostly weeded while the others planted flowers etc.   
Max (sporting a new haircut) has his last home game  today.
May 29th we will have our Hero’s Day; Mike will be the Rotary host that day.
Ken Casida then presented Paul Harris Fellowships; one to Lorraine in honor of her deceased brother, and the second one went to Jan Lewis for her sister who lives in Tulare and does a lot of volunteering.
    We drew for our exemption for May and Michael Shaffran was the winner.  He wished us all a good season and said he is thankful for Rotary who makes a difference in so many lives.
This Saturday is a very special sporting event - Nick was asked what it is (in addition to Cinco de Mayo), he didn’t know and was fined $20.  Andrea was asked how many Triple Crown winners have there been?  She said four and was fined $20.  Mike Williams guessed and was fined $20.00; Jan was fined $20.00 for cheating; Lorraine guessed and was fined $20.00; there have been 12.  Pete told us an interesting story about Hasty Transit, a horse won by his mother in law.    Chuck was fined $10.00, Dan then answered correctly resulting in no fine.   Matt Franklin bragged a little on his son who hit a home run in his baseball game.
Next we heard from the students who went to RYLA.  Kinley who had heard of RYLA from friends said it was very impactful on her; the food was good; and, she was very outgoing and darling.  Max was next, he said he met people that he got to know very well in just 72hours; he was the leader of his team and was one of nine attendees who won a scholarship.  He is researching more things now than he ever thought he would.  Isabell was next; she felt so welcomed, even as they were separated she felt so at home; she said she met so many nice people in her group; she feels that she is less shy now than she was when she went, and learned many skills; she said this  camp is not cheesy and she is more confident.  Mailani was next; she was nervous when she stepped out of the car, but everyone was so welcoming she soon felt very comfortable; she said she could have dreams, but at the same time, she must take steps to make things happen to achieve her dreams and goals.  Everyone of the students said this experience changed their lives.  Several Rotarians asked questions.  These kids all did a great job in speaking to all of us; Congratulations to them for being willing to go to an unfamiliar place to enrich their lives.  John said every district has a RYLA.
Next week our speaker will be Jim Brescia, SLO Superintendent of Schools.
Quote was from Winston Churchill.  
50/50 won by Ken Stilts.
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