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Capitola/Aptos

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Seascape Golf and Country Club
610 Club House Drive
Aptos, CA  95003-4868
United States
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Announcements and Reminders

The Rotary International dinner for our district is on January 3rd.  It is $90 and is at 6:00 at the Double Tree Inn in San Jose. See Win to sign up. 

UCSC Rotaract students are fundraising for Digital Nest and Jacobs Heart. We are invited to join with them to help raise money for these two causes. They will keep us informed as to time and place.

There will be a memorial for Anne McCallum on December 22nd from at her home on 225 Waughs street.

Thomas John went to the Interact club and reported back on their activities. They are doing a coat drive a food drive and a Christmas gift wrap to raise money.

Michelle reminded us of our major fundraiser which will be at the end of April or beginning of May. Live auction funds will go to community grants for their disbursement. The fundraiser itself will support one organization to be selected.

 

Today the club was thrilled to have the Higher Ground quartet playing to get us into the Christmas spirit.  They played Christmas songs and southern gospel music. See our Facebook link for the live performance!

        

 

 

        

 

Announcements and Reminders

Jo announced there is a party on December 10th at 8:00 in Whole Foods Capitola.

Laura and Doug are our Rotarians of the week for getting our grant requests in and accepted!

The Rotary International dinner for our district is on January 3rd.  It is $125 and is at 6:00 at the Double Tree Inn in San Jose. See Win to sign up. 

For board members, remember the board meeting on the 14th.

Keith’s party is on the 10th. Please share a ride if you can.

UCSC Rotaract students are fundraising for Digital Nest and Jacobs Heart. We are invited to join with them to help raise money for these two causes. They will keep us informed as to time and place.

Taylor Brevis from Jimmy Panetta’s office updated us on the news from Washington.

 

         Marine biologist Doris Welch from Sanctuary Cruises was our speaker today. They do whale watching trips on the Monterey Bay. She began her work at Long Marine Lab but left to do sanctuary cruises.

         

        

        

 

Announcements and Reminders
Aptos and Soquel Interact are doing a beach cleanup on Nov 18th Seascape Beach at 9:15 by the trestle. We are strongly urged to go! In case of rain, people are still planning to go.
Doug announced that Scotts Valley Rotary is putting together a fundraiser for Leo’s Haven (a Johnny Cash tribute band) Friday Dec 1st.
 
Keith reminded us of his annual Christmas party on the first Sunday of December (the 3rd). No need to bring anything but do RSVP to Keith.
 
Whole Foods is having a Holiday by the Sea. Charge is 2.00 and the $$ will go to Second Harvest. It will be Dec 10th at 8-10 PM.
 
Doug announced that our DDF allocation is $2000 RotaCare and $3000 to Leo’s Haven. We need some active Rotary involvement for these funds.
 
Kate announced the Symphony Home Tour. Tickets are $40 each. There is also a launch party for $25. Kate is offering a buy-one-get-one-free-deal on those!
 
We are dark next week! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Paddy Brady was our speaker today. He is from His to Offer (H2O) African outreach. He is 3rd generation Santa Cruz and worked in NASA and the Air Force and Lockheed.
 
Announcements and Reminders
Aptos and Soquel Interact are doing a beach cleanup on Nov 18th. We are strongly invited.
 
Doug announced that Scotts Valley Rotary is putting together a fundraiser for Leo’s Haven (a Johnny Cash tribute band) Friday Dec 1st.
 
John Fisher awarded Eric a Paul Harris plus 3 pin today  He also reminded us we all need to make a donation to the rotary foundation! For every $25 we contribute to the foundation, we get a chance at a free trip to Toronto next year.
 
Keith reminded us of his annual Christmas party. First Sunday of December as always. No need to bring anything but do RSVP to Keith.
 
Rotaract is raising money for Digital Nest and Jacob’s Heart. See Al if this is something you would like to help with.
 
Dominican Hospital Foundation has a presidential luncheon on Dec 17th with a silent auction and a gala on the 18th. If interested see Win.
 
Homeless services center needs things done to it. A number of clubs thinking about doing a special project there for a couple of days.. maybe a work project.  More info to come.
We had an absent speaker today (unavoidable flat tire!) so Thomas John  Wells Miller bravely volunteered on the spot to give his very entertaining Red Badge talk today.
 
Announcements and Reminders
The Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape.
Eric reminded us about the joint shoe project with Catalina Rotary where shoes that ‘grow’ go to kids in Mexico. Let Eric know if you’re interested and wish to contribute.
Art reported back from Seattle for World Polio Day. This year only 12 cases of polio in the world remain.The Campaign has prevented 16 million children from being crippled. Pakistan and Afghanistan remain target areas.
Aptos and Soquel Interact are doing a beach cleanup on Nov 18th.We are strongly invited.
Doug announced that Scotts Valley Rotary is putting together a fundraiser for Leo’s Haven (a Johnny Cash tribute band) Friday Dec 1st.
 
The Jewel Theater artistic director Julie James spoke (and sang!) to us today. Founded in 2005 as a non-profit, the theater is located at the River Street Salz Tannery Arts Center. They are now the resident theater company at Colligan Theater where they opened in 2015.  
 
Announcements and Reminders
Pam Goodman reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.
 
Dr. Art will be providing flu shots to club members during October. For a shot, stay after the meeting.
 
John Fisher announced that the Rotary Foundation is 100 yrs old this year. Every Rotarian should make a contribution this year small or large to support our Annual World Polio Plus day.
 
Pam Goodman awarded a basket from the Alzheimer’s Fundraiser to Lynette Cleland.
Eric announced a fundraiser for kids who don’t have shoes from Catalina Island Rotary. The shoes which grow with the child will be delivered to Ensenada in January. If you would like to contribute see Eric. The cost of the shoes is around $13.
 
Win announced a New Zealand tour. See him and he’ll get you the info.
 
Win announced a program called “Not in our Town” at Semper Recital Theater at Cabrillo College Oct 26th at 7:00 to discuss resolving anti-immigration differences in our community.
 
Rob introduced Jessica Ridgeway. In 2007 she received an MS in Environmental and Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. She helped to found Farm Discovery at Live Earth in 2008. They run nine different programs for students throughout the year about growing food, including a summer camp, an immersion program that includes a sleepover and an art camp. The goal is to improve consumption habits.
       
 
Announcements and Reminders
Becky Peters reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.  
October 7th at 7:30 am will be the annual second harvest barrel wrap.  Contact Doug Deaver for more information.
Dr. Art will be providing flu shots to club members during October. For a shot, stay after the meeting.
Club congratulations to Dr. Art Dover (see above) on receiving the major donor level 3 award, the first one in our club from the major gift officer for Zone 26. We also found that our club has contributed over $500,000 to polio plus!
 
Today Amy East, Ph.D. (pictured above) spoke to us talk dam removal. She is with USGS, providing earth science information to the public. Her specialty is in rivers. Entitled Dam and Blast, she spoke about watersheds and restoring rivers by removing dams.  
 
Announcements and Reminders
Pam Goodman reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.
The UCSC founder dinner will be this month with J Herman Blake as the honored guest. See Michelle for more info.  
October 7th at 7:30 am will be the annual second harvest barrel wrap. Sign up with Doug.
Dr. Art will be providing flu shots to club members during October. For a shot, stay after the meeting.
 
Pam Goodman introduced our speaker today. His name is Dan White and he is the author of a book entitled Under the Stars on America’s love affair with camping. Reviewed as the definitive book on camping in America, he also wrote The Cactus Eaters.
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
Rich announced that the beach clean-up went well. Ten people participated and picked up many bags of trash!
Eric is organizing a series of Rotary fund-raising dinners focusing on wild game and needs to have a count by this Friday. Sign up now if you wish to be on the invitation list.
Pam Goodman reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.
Pam Arnsberger announced that Oct 18th  is the Senior Solution Summit. See her if you are interested in addressing senior issues and she will provide you with the registration information. Cost is $20 to cover the cost of lunch.
Our speaker today was Dr. Bruce Jaffe from UCSC. He spoke about near shore hydrodynamics with an emphasis on catastrophic events.  He began by asking us about the highest Tsunami event which was in Alaska in 1958. The most deadly tsunami was in Indonesia where over 220,000 people were killed.  The oldest tsunami that we know of happened 60 million years ago and helped to wipe out the dinosaurs.
 
Announcements and Reminders
The beach clean-up is on this Saturday Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach. Rich will be there is his red Prius to meet you.
Doug Deaver announced that this Friday Sept 15th there will be a flash mob at Rancho del Mar food mall. Go there to support our local businesses! There will be other events around this issue so stay tuned!
There will be a dinner at Aptos Chamber of Commerce honoring Doug Deaver’s election as Man of the Year. The dinner will be Oct 27th and tickets are $85. The event will be at Aptos Seascape. See Pam Goodman to get a ticket.
Our speaker today was Holly Blue Hawkins. She is from the Integral Thanatology Institute and is a counselor who does needs assessments and referrals and focuses on end of life issues. Today she spoke to us about Natural Deathcare Advocacy and ‘green’ burials.
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
 
Keith announced there will be cocktails Sept 8th at his house at 4:00.
 
Pam announced there is a lifespan open house at 600 Frederick St. from 11:00 -3:00 also today Friday Sept 8th.
 
Bee announced that she represented our club at the Abbott square opening and met people from different clubs. She said it is a fun place to go!
 
Our speaker today was Gabby Johnson who spoke about the Autism Family Network.  She is the assistant director, but also a teacher and has been a teacher for many years. The AFN began 5 years ago and they offer programs from pre-school to middle school level.
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
August 31st
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
Doug announced that Rancho del Mar shop owners have been given 30 days notice to vacate their premises during the new owners planned redecorating phase. This seems to make it unlikely that many of the smaller businesses can liquidate during that period of time and survive the period of redecoration.
We welcomed Thomasjohn Wellsmiller as a new member to our club today. He is an entrepreneur and musician.
 
Our speaker today was Rebecca Hurdis from Siena House Maternity Home of Santa Cruz County, one of the community agencies that our club supports. She has been the executive director  of Siena House for the past three years and before that taught at colleges in the area.Siena House is a residential program supporting and empowering pregnant women. It was founded in 2000 by local caring individuals who in the spirit of God’s love envisioned a safe residential environment for pregnant women in need. 
 
        
        
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
August 24th
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
CASA’s Imagine Event will be Sunday September 10th. We have two $150 tickets available to our members for free! If you wish to go, speak to Michelle.
September 2nd is the Rotary Abbott Square event. It is at 5:30. If you can help set up or take down, please sign up on the sheet.
RotaCare thanked the club for a $3802 donation for last year. Remember those RotaCare buckets!
The Diversity Center fundraiser will be on Oct 21st. If interested see Michelle.
Dr. Art said he will be offering flu vaccines in October.

           Bee introduced our speaker, Gisela Zebroski, an author who survived the Soviet Union invasion into Latvia. Her family fled west to Germany in 1945 where her father was killed in battle and the family fled to Austria.  She emigrated to California with her husband where she graduated from college.  She is the author ofThe Baroness and Mephisto Waltz.
Announcements and Reminders
August 31st
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
 
Doug announced that Rancho del Mar shop owners have been given 30 days notice to vacate their premises during the new owners planned redecorating phase. This seems to make it unlikely that many of the smaller businesses can liquidate during that period of time and survive the period of redecoration.
 
We welcomed Thomasjohn Wellsmiller as a new member to our club today. He is an entrepreneur and musician.
 
Our speaker today was Rebecca Hurdis from Siena House Maternity Home of Santa Cruz County, one of the community agencies that our club supports. She has been the executive director  of Siena House for the past three years and before that taught at colleges in the area.
 
 
        
        
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Sign up for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 at Beer Can Beach.
Doug announced the Cabrillo Women’s Foundation luncheon will be Friday September 15th.  Tickets are $100 and funds go to an emergency fund to help women students who might otherwise drop out of school.
CASA’s Imagine Event will be Sunday September 10th. We have two $150 tickets available to our members for free! If you wish to go, speak to Michelle.
This Saturday is the Membership event for Rotary in Pleasanton. See Win if you wish to go.
Cindy Balthaser was our speaker today. She has been a teacher for over 40 years. She is the former director of the SC/SVNTP (Santa Cruz/ Silicon Valley New Teacher Project).
   
     
 
        
        
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
A special welcome to Bill Witmer who is joining our club!
Come on Saturday, September 16th to the Beer Can Beach Clean-up at 9:00.
 
A Rotary membership program will be offered a week from Saturday in Pleasanton. Let Win know if you would like to go.
 
Rotary Avenues of Service is coming up October 5th at the Santa Clara Biltmore at 5:00.
 
Kate reported back from the library meeting. There will be an event where the friends of the library will encourage people to read a selected book and share it with children. She will keep us informed of future events.
Today was our meeting with the district governor, Orrin Mahoney. The area governor, Donna Maurello, also accompanied him. He worked for many years at Hewlett Packard as a mechanical engineer and served on the city council and finally as Mayor of Cupertino. He has a real commitment to international service and has been on many Rotary Service trips.
He spoke about a number of Rotary District 5170 issues and opportunities including international service, membership and fundraising.
Announcements and Reminders
August 3rd
 
Next week August 10th is our meeting with the district governor. Board members please come at 10:30. (note: we will be in our regular room)
 
September 16th will be the Beer Can beach clean-up  at 9:00.
 
The Aptos Library asked us about participation  in a program where people to read books and discuss them with kids. To find out more or if you want to participate, you should attend the food and wine reception on Aug 9th  5-7 at the library on Soquel Drive.
 
Two of our RYLA participants, Matt DeCamera and Izzi Pryce, shared with us their RYLA experience (see photo above). They were divided into 6 families with about 30 people to a family.  They participated in workshops including service, band and choir, speech and debate entertainment health and wellness and sports and fitness. Their families put on a performance and planted succulents around the campus. They also worked on a project to help underprivileged women, one about mental health and appreciating themselves. The both stressed that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
 
          Two red badge members, Kyle Sharp and Craig Matthews, also shared their stories with us today.
 
Announcements and Reminders
Our district governor will be here August 10th. There will be an early board meeting that same day at 10:30.
Keith’s house tomorrow (July 21) will be the setting for a cocktail party at 4:00. All are invited! Bring munchies if you wish!
Win announced that there will be a club assembly on the 27th and a possible Facebook training.
Pam Goodman reminded us that the Walk for Alzheimer’s is September 23rd. You can donate here at our club.
Bee introduced our speakers today. They were Rob Darrow, Director of Research and Ron Indra, Executive Director from the Safe Schools Project. Established in 2004, it now reaches out to the 40,000 k-12 students in our local school districts.
 
                         
 
 
 
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Our district governor will be here August 10th. There will be an early board meeting that same day at 10:30.
 
The 4th of July World’s Shortest Parade Capitola Aptos Rotary Beer Booth was very busy. Tim says we netted $4552 (including tips)!
 
Keith announced that a week from tomorrow (July 21st)  at 4:00  PM there will be a happy hour at his house.
 
Pam announced that the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be the third weekend in September. She sent around the sign-up to walk and/or make donations to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. 
  
Win announced that there will be a club assembly on the 27th and a possible Facebook training.
 
Karen  Haralsan  from Nourishing Generations spoke to use today about Linking Communities to Reverse the Rising Trend of Childhood Obesity and Diabetes.  She is a certified diabetes educator and  holistic  nutritionist.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
Our district governor will be here August 10th. Save the date!
Two of our rotary scholarship winners visited us today! One is going to the University of Santa Clara and one is going to UC Berkeley.  Congratulations and best wishes to both of these young women as they move towards the future!
John Fisher reminded us to give checks to him for polio plus in order for them to be matched.
The club awarded a check for $70,000 to Leo's Haven, an accessible park, today. Oliver (center below) said it will help him because his wheelchair won't get stuck on the curb anymore!
 
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Sharon Pappo from the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County was our speaker today. She is a graduate of UCSC and Berkeley. Founded in 1989,the Diversity Center is the hub of the LGBT community here.
 

Announcements and Reminders

Our district governor will be here August 10th. Save the date!

Al’s debunking will be June 22nd at Santa Cruz Yacht Club. (Remember we will be dark next week for the regular meeting!). People should park below the club and walk thru the dry boat storage and take the tram or walk up the stairs. $35 per person and remember to tip the bartender!

John Fisher reminded us to contribute $27.50 per person to the final effort to eradicate polio (Polio Plus).

Rotarian of the week is Art Dover who went to the Atlanta convention. He gave us an update. Rotary is giving 50 million a year for 3 years (and there will be a $300 million donation match from the Gates Foundation) to eradicate polio forever. Another topic was the campaign to end human trafficking. He said it was an amazing experience!

Today our speaker was Howard Heevner Asst Vice Chancellor of Alumni Engagement and Advancement Services from UCSC. He spoke about the work of UCSC in the community including efforts such as Partners in Arts and Culture with over 100 public events including the acclaimed Dickens Project. Another popular item is the Grateful Dead Archive at the UCSC library.

 

 

Announcements and Reminders
 
Rotarians of the week were all those who helped out with the music festival. We collected $1273 and $887 in tips (plus $5000) for a total net profit of $6,800.
John Fisher mentioned the district wants each member to donate $30 to Polio Plus again in June and it will be matched as before.
Al’s debunking will be June 22nd. Send Kelly an email if you plan to go.  It is at Santa Cruz Yacht Club.
We received some lovely thank you notes from the recipients of our community awards.
Art said available international projects for Rotary members include two water projects (in Guatemala and Uganda) and also one in Brazil (connecting high school students with local rivers) . Let him know if you are interested in any of these!
Sign up for the Fourth of July celebration to help out at the Rotary beer and wine booth at Aptos Park.  Tim and Kyle will be assigning time slots. The event goes from 10-5 so your participation would be during that time period.
 
Melissa Rempfer was our speaker today. She spoke on the topic.  “Lead with the vision and the money will follow”. She has created two very successful businesses helping non-profits and others raise money for their work.
 
Announcements and Reminders
The honorary Rotarian of the week is Kathy our much put upon waitress! Thanks Kathy for all your service to the club!
A special guest today was our scholarship recipient from Soquel High Ellie Gressley. She is going to study life sciences at UCLA.
Al reported made about $2000 in tips at the music festival and around $7000 total. We will have a fuller report next week.
Al’s second debunking is June 22nd.
Sunrise Rotary has a run on July 4th at Harvey west park.  For more information see www.firecracker10k.org. 100% of the race proceeds will go to Teen Kitchen Project and American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross will also have a “Celebrate our Community Heroes” event on Friday June 16th at 8:30 AM at Twin Lakes Church.
 
 
Mike Ahern, our featured speaker, was here today to talk about electric bicycles (E bikes). He owns Current E bikes which is a local source for quality electric bicycles and Brompton folding bikes. It is located right by Kaiser arena on Front Street.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
Bee Peters received her blue badge today after being the longest red badge member in the history of the club.
Dr. Art said the Rise Against Hunger event last Sunday went well.  180 people participated and the food will go to Cambodia. 30,024 bags were filled.
Doug has the sign-up sheet for the American Music Festival. We still can use volunteers for May 27th and May 28th.
Michelle announced that net proceeds from our fundraiser last week, including the county match, should exceed $100,000.
Sunrise Rotary has a run on July 4th at Harvey west park.  For more information see www.firecracker10k.org. 100% of the race proceeds will go to Teen Kitchen Project and American Red Cross.
 
Today community agencies received grants from Capitola Aptos Rotary.  Claire and Sue made the presentations. These included  Cabrillo Engineering Abroad ($500), CASA ($2000), Digital Nest ($2000), For Kids Foundation ($1000),  Helping Hands ($500),  Homeless Services Center ($1500), Kid Power, ($500), Learn to Discover ($1000), Literacy Program( $500), Music in May ($500), Meals on Wheels ($500), O’Neill sea Odyssey ($500), Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes ($1000), St Francis/JMJ home ($500), Safe School Project ($1000), Second Saturday Network ($500), Seymour Marine Center ($1000), Sienna House Maternity Home ($1000), Symphony League of SC ($1000).
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Tomorrow, May 5th, is our annual fundraiser. Tickets are still available at $150. County Parks and Recreation will match the amount we raise, including donations at the silent auction, so come and bid! Dinner will be served at 6:45.
 
The postponed Stop Hunger Now barrel wrapping event will be this Sunday morning May 7th at the Boardwalk. Check with Doug Deaver for time and exact location.
 
We still need volunteers for the American Music Festival on May 27th and May 28th. You must be prepared to stay all day. Talk with Doug Deaver or Sandra to let them know if you are available.
 
Claire announced our community service award grantees. Among them were Cabrillo Engineering Abroad, CASA, Digital Nest, Helping Hands, Kid Power, Learn to Discover, Meals on Wheels, Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes, The Symphony League of Santa Cruz and many more. Next week will be the awards luncheon. Come and meet the recipients!
 
 
 
Darryl Perkins (pictured below) spoke to us today about the move of Kaiser Permanente into Santa Cruz County. There are three new locations: Scotts Valley, downtown Santa Cruz, and Main Street in Watsonville
 
 
 
 
 
Speakers
Thomas Lucking PhD.
Dec 21, 2017
Successful Relationships with Asperger's and the Neurodiverse Couple
Christmas Week
Dec 28, 2017
We are dark!
Digital Nest Staff
Jan 04, 2018
Digital Nest Update
Gail Pellerin: Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections
Jan 11, 2018
Santa Cruz County Elections: Past, Present and Future
John Fry
Jan 18, 2018
The Santa Cruz Grand Jury Process
Alex Rinkert
Jan 25, 2018
Breeding Bird Atlas Project
Jessica Bukowinski, Outreach Coordinator
Feb 01, 2018
Village Santa Cruz
Mary Edmund
Feb 08, 2018
CERT Program for Disaster Preparedness
Amy Ettinger, Author
Mar 01, 2018
Sweet Spot
Dorris Welch, Marine Biologist
Mar 15, 2018
Sea Otters, Sea Lions and Seals!
David Smith PhD
Mar 29, 2018
Adventure and the Brain
 
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