Notes from our August 28th Rotary Meeting

Posted by Elsie Casida on Aug 28, 2018
MORRO BAY ROTARY MEETING
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.