September 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


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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
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.
APRIL 24, 2018
Meeting called to order by Prez Pete
Invocation by:  Ken Stilts
Pledge to the Flag by:  Pete
Recitation of the Four Way Test
Joke by Pete.....Men always get the last two words - yes ma’am
Guests today: 
Jeff Eckles introduced by Doug; Andrea introduced her visiting friend, Tammy Cantrell; Don introduced Ryan Sedley who will be joining our club today.
May 4th is Foundation Fiesta in Santa Maria
June 16th is the Step Down for John in Santa Ynez
Car Show is May 3rd,4th, and 5th; a sign up to help sheet was passed around
June 29th (a Friday) is the demotion for our Prez Pete...right here at the View
Next week, May 1st, we will start our meeting at 12:00 sharp; lunch will be ready at 11:30, so come early and socialize and then we will start the meeting promptly at noon.
Tree Planting - We have discussed planting trees, but it takes a long time and alot money to plant a tree here on public land.  So, plant a tree on your own property where you can enjoy it for years to come.
Dan said that Jack Barrett has written a book and has three more in the making.  
Weed pulling at the roundabout this Saturday at 9.....please come!!  
Deepa’s Bollywood event is this Sunday.  It is sold out but they can use help setting up and taking down after the event.
Ryan Sedley joined our club today.  Don Doubledee welcomed him in to the club with an explanation of what Rotary stands for.   Ryan is a banker at Pacific Premier Bank, is married and has one child with one on the way.    We welcomed him with a standing ovation. 
Doug brought boxes to be mailed to the troops.
Don Doubledee said he has resigned from the Harbor Festival as Director, but he will continue to be on the board. 
Max said he really wanted to go to the prom; but his experience at RYLA was life changing; better than 100 proms. 
Chuck was our speaker today. His topic: “Dog Sled Racing”.   He wanted to stress that mushers love their dog; when they lose a dog, they are heartbroken.  The dogs are not all pure huskies; some of them are hounds and other breeds.  They are exercised every day and only taken out on the sled some days.  During a race, you can drop a dog if you need to, but you cannot add a dog.  Every racer has a place to put an injured dog until they come to a place where it can be taken care of.  Chuck’s daughter Janet does not raise dogs at this time, but is the Race Marshall.  The pictures of the ten foot high snow drifts were beautiful - but looked so cold!!  Thank you very much Chuck - we all love you and love to hear about your trips to Alaska.
Max has a game tonight at 4:00.
50/50 won by Greg Hardcastle
Next week RYLA Ambassadors
Morro Bay Rotary Meeting Notes
April 17, 2018
HAPPY 68TH ANNIVERSARY TO OUR CLUB!!!    We sang happy Birthday to us and Chuck blew out the candles on the chocolate cake.
Meeting called to order by Prez Pete
Invocation by:   Dan
Pledge to the Flag:   John Weiss
Joke by Pete:    Appropriate for all, including kids
Guest Rotarians:   Ruth Ann Angus.
Guests of Rotarians:   Ryan Sedley who will be a new member soon; John Headding’s wife, Sue; Max; Scott Harp brought Christine who he works with. 
Congratulations to Sarah Ketchum who became Sarah Santana in a beautiful ceremony over the weekend.
John Weiss promoted an upcoming program - Public Heroes, which will be held on May 29th.  He also encouraged us to respond to the Rotary Satisfaction Survey that comes out once a month.
Board meeting is being held tomorrow morning here at the View at 7:30am.
Rotary’s Foundation Fiesta will be May 4th in Santa Maria.  John Weiss Step Down will be in Santa Ynez on June 16th with the possibility of a Club Social Wine Tasting after.  It’s hoped that many of us will be able to attend.
Golf tournament is scheduled for May 11th; we still in need of golfers, sponsors, etc.
Car Show will be May 3rd, 4th and 5th.  We need more help for that and passed around a sign up sheet. 
PRLS this next weekend in Bakersfield.  Our club pays the fee which is $250.00.
Max said he will not be going to Prom (Bummer!) and will also miss two baseball games since he will be at RYLA, but he is sure it will be worth it.  He has really loved all the things that have been arranged for him to do.  His train trip will be in June.
Andrea introduced the Four Way Test winners from Del Mar School’s fifth grade class.  The First, Second and Third place winners read their essays, received their certificates and cash rewards and we gave them a standing ovation.
Next it was time for the Tall Tales speakers starting with Pete Starlings, who was in Vietnam for a year, as a tank driver.  His 21st birthday was spent in Vietnam, laying in the dirt while it rained for 12 hours straight.  Sounded like a true story.......Thank you, Pete, for your service!!
Mike Pond was next talking about a time when he went fishing, diving and underwater photographing with some of his fireman friends.  They saw a fin in the water, so they went out in a canoe to investigate.  Mike put on his mask and fins and jumped in to meet what he hoped was not a great white shark....he was 10feet under the water as the shark came toward him with its mouth wide open.  Thankfully it was a whale shark, which he knew would not eat him, so he decided to swim up to him, take a ride as he held onto the fin while he took pictures.  He got whacked pretty good by the tail of the shark, and the next day his son told the story in kindergarten.
Ruth Ann talked about her trip in a space shuttle.  When she got home with her bags she discovered something scurrying around on the floor.  It was a little dragon, so she explained the situation to us in Rotary and her hero, Don Doubledee, who got rid of the dragon for her.  So, if you see a dragon running around, it is hers and she wants it back.   Ruth Ann, I think you won the Tall Tale by default.....yours was the only real Tall Tale.  
Pete was next telling about living in Southern California when a movie was shot right across the street from him.  He says he was holding his daughter on the porch during the filming when she let out a huge cry, forcing them to film the scene over.  The movie was “Back to the Future”, with Michael J. Fox.  His daughter when she was about five, jumped up on Bill Cosby’s lap to talk to him.  
Our next program is our very own Chuck Clark.  He says he has new slides and new stories for those of us who have heard his program before.  
50/50 won by Eric Luthi.
“The Best Preparation for Tomorrow is doing your best Today”.     See you next week.   Ecasida
April 10, 2018
Meeting called to order by Prez Pete
Invocation led by Nick
Pledge to the Flag led by Pete
We recited the Four Way Test
Joke by Pete....Lawyer joke.....they are always good
Visiting Rotarians:   Julie Jenkins from Cambria
Guests of Rotarians:   Scott Collins, Morro Bay’s City Manager was introduced by John Weiss; Linda Costley introduced by her loving husband, Dan; Sheriff Parkinson introduced by Judy; and, Police Chief Greg Allen also was with us today.
Pete read off the names of every one of us who helped with the Crab Feed.   We grossed $14,000 on this event....Whohoo!!!  Clean up was amazing...we were out of there by 8:30.  THANKS to everyone who helped.  Mary was fined $10.00 for having a candle lit butter warmer on her table, Katherine was fined $10.00 for her birthday, Ken Stilts was fined $53 for his 53rd anniversary.   He said if he had it to do all over again, he would marry the same girl.    Sweet!!
John Weiss announced the District Foundation Fiesta being held on May 4th in Santa Maria.  It will be an informative meeting about the Foundation.  One of the speakers will be a man whose mother raised him and his siblings while she was in an iron lung.
Greg Hardcastle sent around the signup sheet for the Car is still needed.
Max has a baseball game this Friday at 4:00.
PRLS announcement made by Heidi....Melissa and Jude have graduated.
Next Tuesday is our clubs anniversary....April 17th.  Come next week for a special anniversary celebration.
Golf Tournament forms are on the tables.  They still need help on that day......May 11th.  Also Jamie had posters for the golf tournament.  Come out and join us. 
March Satisfaction Survey is out.... 20% response this month, would like to see more of us fill it out each month.....only takes a minute.
Next week we will have our 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the Four Way Test here to read their papers.
Pete had some “fine” questions about the Augusta golf course.  A wrong answer cost some $10.00.  FYI:  The winner of the first golf tournament in 1934 at Augusta was awarded $1,500.  The entire prize fund was $5,000.
Judy introduced our Sheriff, Ian Parkinson.  He started his law enforcement career in 1984 in Morro Bay before moving onto the City of San Luis Obispo; throughout his career, he has served in almost every position.  He will be participating in the Human Trafficking Seminar in September at the Morro Bay Community Center.
The County will be building a new dispatch center out on Hwy 1.  MB fire/police calls now go through the central dispatch.  There are two types of human trafficking - labor and sex.  The labor side goes unreported because most of the victims are here illegally.  The sex industry has grown in the past years and is run primarily by gangs.  Everyone needs to be on the alert for trafficking, even in a small town like Morro Bay.  Most of the sex trafficking victims are U.S. citizens averaging 16 years old.  They will bring in $150 - 180 thousand dollars per year for their pimp.  
In 2014 we had gang members from Fresno bring in two girls 15 and 17; they branded them and used them for sex.  One of them was able to get a cell phone and called for help; SLO police were able to rescue them. 
A task force was formed in 2014 including hospital staff, CAPSLO, Women’s Shelter, and other organizations.  The mission of the Task Force is to prevent and combat Human Trafficking through education, law enforcement, etc.  We look to law enforcement to solve our crime problems, but the situation begins way before the problem is discovered by the police.  Ian meets with school administration members quite often and says the tide has turned and they are very supportive of all the efforts being done.  Thanks to Ian for taking the time to bring this informative talk to our group, he said that he is very proud of Rotary for getting involved in combating these labor and sex crimes.
Doug brought boxes to mail.
Next week Four Way Test winners will be here to read their essays. 
50/50 drawing won by Jeff Jones
“It’s really hard to be a good LEADER, it’s really, really hard to be a good FOLLOWER. “
Enjoy the beauty of our area.....See you next week.  ECasida
APRIL 3, 2018
Meeting brought to order by Prez Pete
Invocation:   Judy
Pledge to the Flag:   Jamie
Joke:   Given to Pete by Kathi....Google joke......Funny, but we really liked Dave Owen’s punch line better.
Guest Rotarians:   None today
Guests of Rotarians:  Nick introduced Ryan Sedley, from Pacific Premier Bank, Judy introduced John Headding, who was our speaker, and Judy’s daughter, Jody,  was  introduced by Kasey. 
Crab Feed this Saturday.   We will start setting up at 1:00...still need to sell more tickets.  Santa Maria Rotary Club bought ten tickets and gave six to our Morro Bay Fire Dept.  There are many kinds of crab, but our Crab Feed will feature Dungeness crab.   Pete will be on the radio this afternoon to talk about the crab feed. 
March Madness is over ...............Villanova won which means Don Doubledee won the PHF; Pete was 2nd and John Weiss was 3rd.
Mike took Max up to see the Warriors game....he had a great time; his seat was great, four rows back from the floor; he even had his picture shown on the big screen.  Thanks to Dan for setting up this trip.  
Car Show coming up in four weeks....still need help that weekend.  The Bbq will be at Community Center this year.....not the church.   Signup sheet passed around.  
Foundation Fiesta is May 4 in Santa Maria......plan to go.
April 17 is Tall Tales day; a meeting to come with a story to tell....It’s an opportunity for Rotarians to tell “Fake News” and get away with it.  Right now we have three speakers but can use a few more. 
May 1st our RYLA kids will be here.....they will be having lunch with us and then tell us what they got out of being at RYLA.
Jeff Jones announced that Mike Pond is now 61; biggest question of the day - should he go fishing and catch 61 fish or bike 61 miles?    He chose to go biking; his birthday was April 1st.
Exception for the month was Chuck Clarke but since he will be out of town for two weeks in April, he sold it to Ken Stilts for $10.00.
Doug brought boxes for the troops...they need to be mailed.
Judy introduced our speaker, John Headding, who is a pharmacist and also is on the MB City Council.  His subject was the opioid crisis.  Opioids can be very helpful in reducing physical pain and can also cause great sorrow.   A person has to continue taking more pills to get the same effect.  In 2002, there were 2,000 deaths from drug abuse in the United States; in 2016 the death count rose to 40,000.  Heroin is the cheapest street drug out there.   With a prescription, a person can purchase 200 Vicodin with a $5.00 co-pay........they can then be sold for $50.00 each.  Seventy percent of the people who are on opioids keep taking them not because they are in pain but because otherwise they will go into withdrawal.  There are many more regulations today on doctors, pharmacists, etc.  John has a 1935 prescription book, all written in by hand.....arthritis was even helped way back then with heroin, so it is nothing new. 
Sheriff Ian Parkinson will be our speaker next week.  
Vision without action is merely a dream.....sell those tickets!!   See you all on Saturday....
March 27, 2018
Meeting brought to order by:  Mike Pond taking Prez Pete’s place for the day.
Invocation:  Melissa Davis
Pledge to the Flag by:  Mike
We sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
Guest Rotarians:  None today
Guests of Rotarians:  Brent Haugen from the Central Coast State Parks Assn. was introduced by Nick; Brent gave us a Quick many of us have visited a local state park?  All hands were raised.  The Association likes to connect people with nature through education; and they would like us to partner with them in their upcoming Wild and Scenic Film Festival.  Sponsorship levels start at $250.00.  
Mike asked a few questions related to Baseball’s upcoming Opening Day; Jamie answered them and received a free lunch.
March is Rotary Foundation Month; if you have $100.00 (more or less) to give, it would be put to good use.
The Crab Feed is coming up on April 7th.  If you have sold tickets, please turn in your money to Jamie; we could use a few more “runners” to bring food to the tables.
The Golf Tournament is coming up May 11th; we still need sponsors, golfers and volunteers.  
The Car Show is also coming up the first weekend in May; there are a lot of opportunities to step up and help; registration, cruise night barricade duty, information, bbq and clean up.  Contact Greg Hardcastle if you’re available to help!!    
The Four Way Test papers are being judged; we will present checks to the winners at an upcoming meeting; the winner needs to be turned in to District by April 1.
Chuck made an award of a new badge to Judy because she lost her old one.  
Chuck was the Fine Master for the day – he asked questions from the latest Rotarian Magazine.  Questions were mostly about the bicyclists who rode for Polio....Don D and Mike Pond were each fined $10.00.  Then Chuck went on to ask questions that are on the California Drivers Test....Ken Stilts answered correctly, subsequently Mike Williams, Jamie, Dave Owens (who missed a moped question), Gary Owens and Heidi were each fined $10.00. None of us want to take that test – it was scary how little we knew.
Mary Leizear introduced the speaker, Roger Jump who volunteers with Lifewater International, Headquartered in SLO.  One in every 11 people in the world do not have access to clean/safe water; and, 1,600 people die every day from causes relating to unclean water.  Their acronym – WASH; W = Water, A = Access, S = Sanitation, and H = Hygiene.  Lifewater is a Christian non-profit and works mainly in Asia and Africa focusing on sustainability.  Roger has been involved in helping people in other countries get clean water for about five years.  They start with families to teach them how important clean water is to the life of their loved ones.  They teach them to take care of their own water wells. They also give lessons on Disease Transmission and Prevention.  As of October 9, 2,578 families have been certified, through education, as “Healthy Homes”; Lifewater has placed 23 wells, and 10 school latrines, all serving 18,468 people.  If you want more information, you can Google “Lifewater International” or go to “”
Next meeting’s speaker will be our own member, John Headding, speaking on health care.
50/50 won by Don Doubledee.    Happy Easter....See you all next week.
March 20, 2018
INVOCATION BY:    Michael Shaffran
JOKE:   Submitted by Chuck, told by Pete, reminded us of was funny in a gross kind of way.
Guests of Rotarians:   Nick brought Ryan Sedley from Pacific Premier Bank, who gave us a check in the amount of $1,000 as a sponsor of the Golf Tournament.  Thank you Ryan!!  Judy introduced our speaker, Dr. Eric Prater, Superintendent of SLCUSD. 
Mike was fined $10.00 for thinking that Chief Knuckles was a visitor.  
Chief Knuckles talked a little about the upcoming storm.  It is predicted that we could have 3½ inches of rain in 3 days.  Be very careful about walking through mud and water and look out for downed power lines.
Crab Feed tickets are available; we need to sell 250 tickets and still need help.  See Jamie for yours to sell or purchase.  Also Jamie passed around a sign-up sheet for help and providing desserts.  It is a new event for us and we want it to be great!!
Greg passed around sign-up sheet to help with the Car Show the first weekend in May.    There are opportunities to help with Cruise Night barricade patrol, Thursday and Friday, registration, Saturday and Sunday Information Booth, Saturday  Bbq, and Sunday clean up. 
Some of us went to the SLO Film Festival to watch Max’s film being shown on the big screen.    It was fun to see Max’s film, followed by dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen.
April 17th is Tall Tales day, followed by the RYLA group on May 1st.  Hero’s day is coming up on May 29th so keep that in mind and bring a hero.
March Madness is still going and many of us have been shot out of the competition.   Pete still has three brackets to sell if someone wants to buy a bracket for $20.00.....they could be winners.
John Solu introduced Jeff Heller who has been very involved with the Morro Bay sewer/water 218 Vote issue.  He educated us about the 218 voting process; the letters from the City regarding this should show up sometime after May 1st.  Every parcel in the City of MB is entitled to one vote.
Pete introduced our speaker, Dr. Eric Prater, the San Luis Coastal Superintendent of Schools.  Los Osos has recently been recognized as being one of the top 22 middle schools in the state.    Their leadership group will be traveling to Washington D.C. to be recognized.  Del Mar and Teach Elementary were nominated for awards as well.  Morro Bay High School earned a National Blue Ribbon School award when Prez Pete was there as Principal.  There are 7500 students in our district.  
Shootings and mental health are top priority these days....everyone is on edge.  Measure D is what enabled us to build the new pool, which is being used every day to its fullest capacity.  There are 58 girls in water polo and over 70 in swimming.  In another two years we will have a fabulous track and field area including a new and improved snack shack.
SLO High will have 1500 students next year because of developing areas; however, the coastal area schools are decreasing in population.  Thanks to Dr. Prater for taking time to come and share with us.
Lori donated some rock crab claws for the 50/50.   Ken Stilts was the first winner and he took the money; second winner was Gary Englund and third winner was David Owens – both of whom will have crab for dinner tonight.           
Roger Jump from Lifewater International will be our speaker next week.
“Greatness is not a function of circumstance.....but of conscious choice and discipline.”  Jim Collins
Enjoy the careful....see you next week.
March 13, 2018
Meeting called to order by Prez Pete
Invocation by:   Ken Stilts
Pledge Allegiance was led by:   Pete
We recited the 4 Way Test
Joke by Prez Pete:   it was short and we got it.
Visiting Rotarians:  Gail Tannehill, who is the incoming President elect of the Paso Robles Rotary Club.  
Guests of our Rotarians:  Our speaker, Kevin Hauber, was a guest of Michael Shaffran.  
Wednesday March 14th we will be meeting at 5:30 to go to Max’s film at the Downtown Center Cinema Theater in SLO.  Max was the producer, director and writer of this movie.  His film was chosen as one of many.  Afterwards we will go to the California Pizza Kitchen for dinner.  
Jamie has tickets for the Crab Feed....we would like everyone to sell 4.  It is being held on Saturday, April 7 with doors opening at 5pm and dinner served at 5:30.  We sent around the signup sheet as we will need lots of help selling tickets and working the event.
Golf Tournament coming up Friday, May 11...still need golfers, sponsors and help.  Take a flyer to put up in a business.  Sign up to help or golf!!
Fill out a NCAA Tournament Bracket to possibly win a PHF.  The tournament starts Thursday so we need to get this completed today.
Melissa and Jude went to the District Training for club leaders, officers etc.   There will be another one on the 24th of March in Bakersfield.  It’s free...just register.  Mike Pond is going so you would be in good company.
Bill Pierce received an email from Direct Relief thanking us for the donation for Montecito....they were VERY appreciative. 
Greg Hardcastle said the Car Show is being held the first weekend in May; the 3rd – 6th.  They also need help with registration, bbq, information booth and Cruise Night; he sent around a signup sheet. 
Mike Pond said we will be going to the Blues Game again this summer.    That is a fun event and by selling 100 tickets we will add $1,000 to our income for this year. 
Dave Owens’ daughter will graduate from Redlands University with a 3.95 GPA.  Her major is in Speech Therapy with a goal of becoming a bilingual speech therapist.  She was inspired to pursue this field after working many summers at Camp Hapitok.   
April 20th - Chuck will be showing his famous sled dog presentation.  He just got back from Alaska where it was soooooo cold!!
Michael introduced our speaker, Kevin Hauber, who graduated from Cal Poly and is now working with Green Building.  He is an expert in Real Estate Transactions with energy concerns.  The state government put out goals that are supposed to be met by cities and counties at their own expense.      Existing buildings will require energy efficiency updates and water efficiency at the same time.   By 2020, new buildings or newly remodeled buildings will be required to have 0% energy created by non “green” methods.  So where will the money come from?  He has many things that can be done to help with this very expensive project......grants and rebates are just two possibilities.  Solar leases get recorded on your property so if you sell, you need to be aware that it does not increase your property value. However, if you buy your solar system, it will add to your property value. 
50/50 went to Nick...Happy Saint Patrick’s Day......See you next week.  
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