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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
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!
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 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 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
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarian of the week was Al because it is his birthday!
Michelle reminded us of our major fundraiser on Friday May 5th to benefit Leo’s Haven. We have 78 people signed up to attend. We have 7 live auctions items but could use one more. We have between 15 and 20 silent auction items but keep those coming in. Major donors can still be welcomed for one more week.
District conference annual meeting is May 6th. Saturday night is a dinner at $50 per person. See Doug Deaver to sign up.
May 7th is Stop Hunger Now at the Boardwalk. Volunteer with Doug from 10:00 am to noon.
The Music Festival will be Saturday May 27th  and Sunday May 28th . We need volunteers for the 28th especially. You must be there from 9:00 to 5:00.
Saturday April 29th at Harbor High will be a presentation of the inventions that  the students created. Our club donated $158 to this effort so it might be nice to see what our students accomplished.
Their first silent auction and dinner will be held by Rotaract  on April 29th at 5:00 at Peace United Church on High Street. It will benefit Jacob’s Heart and Feed the Children.
Representatives of the Soquel Creek Water District spoke to us today. They spoke about replenishing mid county groundwater and the community water plan.
Announcements and reminders
We were reminded that the beach clean-up is this Saturday April 8th at 9:00 AM at beer can beach.
Sandra reminded us of the music festival on memorial day weekend. We need volunteers on Saturday May 27th and Sunday May 28th. You must work all day.
Kendra announced that there is a signup sheet for the major fundraiser on May 5th. We are in desperate need of silent auction items.  They  should be worth at least $30 - $50  in value.
Doug announced that they are looking for a fourth on for the Dominican  benefit golf game on Friday June 16th.  He also reminded us that the District conference is Saturday May 6th. If you would like to go or be part of a table just for the dinner portion see Doug for details.
Pam Goodman reminded us to bring 2 bottles of wine for the auction on May 5th.  Pam also reminded us that we will not meet here on April 27th, but will be going to Aptos High. Bee will take sign-ups for a sandwich lunch. They will plan some events and we will take a tour.
Announcements and reminders
Doug announced that the Stop Hunger Now event is changed to Sunday May 7thth (during the district conference) at New Brighton Middle School
We need volunteers for the American Music Festival May 27th and 28th. If you wish to volunteer see Sandra.
There is a town hall meeting Saturday at New Brighton Middle School. More than 1200 people are expected. Both our representatives will be there along with John Laird and Zach Friend.
May 5th is our major fundraiser. Sign up to go at a meeting. Tickets are $150 ($100 per ticket is tax deductible). Check should be payable to the Foundation. Michelle is still looking for major sponsors, silent auction items  and wine for the wine wagon/wheelbarrow.
District assembly is on April 13th at 5:00 (but we leave at 3:30). We have room for two more people in the limo. See Win if you wish to go.
Today our speaker was Mark Trabing from Habitat for Humanity. He is a local person who has a Masters Degree in community development from UC Davis and served in the Peace Corps in Jamaica.
Habitat is active in 70 countries. Locally Santa Cruz and Monterey Habitat have recently merged. They build two houses a year on average.  They have two stores in Seaside and Santa Cruz where they sell lightly used items. We are the first Habitat to build affordable accessory dwelling units (ADUS).
Announcements and reminders
Our annual fundraiser dinner will be May 5th from 5:30 to 9:00 PM. We will be roasting Zach Friend. Tickets are $150. We need silent auction items.
A new member was inducted today. Constantin Gehriger received a blue badge as a ‘permanent guest’ of the club.
Rotarian of the week was Tim Powell for his distribution of our elementary school books.
Win reinstated the past presidents meeting. It will meet next Thursday at 1:30 after the meeting. Foundation meeting is before next week’s meeting at 11:00.
Please sign up to volunteer for the music festival on May 27th and May 28th. You must work all day from 9:00 AM until closing. It is also possible to help with set-up on Friday. See Sandra for more information.
Pam Goodman announced that on April 27th we will not meet here but will have a tour at Aptos High School.
Sign up for beach cleanup at Beer Can beach at 9:00 AM on April 8th (a Saturday morning).
John Fisher reminded us to make our $30 donation for Polio Plus.
Sloane introduced Dr. Merrianne Burtch from Birchbark Foundation. She has practiced veterinary medicine in this area for more than 20 years. She spoke about the need for comprehensive affordable pet care and the importance of animals in research.
Announcements and reminders
Richard announced beach cleanup will be April 8th at beer can beach. He will send around a sign up next week.
Area speech contest will be next week. We will be in the big room. We are expecting six contestants.
Michele announced sponsorship levels for the fundraiser. They begin at $2500 down to $500.
Al announced that Stop Hunger Now was rescheduled and will be April 29th still at New Brighton middle school.
District assembly will be April 13th from 5-9.
Doug announced homeless shelter soup supper is Thursday April 20th 5:30 to 7:30. If there is enough interest we will buy a table.
District conference will be May 6th in Santa Cruz (the day after our fundraiser!). We will talk later about whether or not we want to do a table.
Larry introduced our speaker today, Dr. Goldi Jacques Maynes, a chiropractor who focuses on wellness. Her clinic offers massage and acupuncture as well as chiropractic care. She is a local person who grew up here in Aptos.
Announcements and reminders
Michelle reminded us of the need for silent auction items for our annual fundraiser for Leo’s Haven. The roast of supervisor Zach Friend will be on May 5th at the clubhouse. Sponsorships are also needed as well as bottles of wine for the wine cart. 
Doug reminded us that the area speech contest will be March 16th. Winners of the club speech contests will compete in the large room. If you signed up to volunteer remember to come a bit early that day. The contest will begin promptly at 12:15.
John Fisher gave Kelly the Rotary International District 5170 award as Grand Donor for the Rotary Foundation. He also said a new program has been started. During the month of March our district is asking every Rotarian to write a check for $30 to the foundation for Polio Plus. The Bill Gates foundation will match our area’s contributions.
Our speaker today was John Presleigh, Director of the county's Department of Public Works (see photo). He spoke to us about the recovery effort and road damage from the recent storms.
Today was the annual high school speech contest at Capitola  Aptos Rotary.  Four students from area high schools competed anonymously speaking on a topic of their choice (see photo below).
Contestants were judged on presentation, style and content, as well as their ability to hold their audience, while  incorporating Rotary values into their topic. The top ranked speaker was Annie Nigh. She spoke about the need for clean water around the world, winning a $200 scholarship. Second and third place winners won $100 and $50 scholarships respectively.
Announcements and Reminders
Tiffany Zachmeier of Bay Federal announced the bite of reality event a free hands on financial literacy simulation for HS seniors. It will be Friday Feb 24th 8:45-12:00 at Aptos high school. Volunteers are needed. You can contact Tiffany at 831-477-8414.
Rotarian of the Week who donated the bench at the polo grounds was Dr. Art Dover!
Michelle reminded us that our major fundraiser is May 5th. We are collecting silent and live auction items and we need a bottle of wine from everybody. Michelle will send us the form to use to recruit donors.
John Fisher announced that Bill is a Major Giver of the Rotary Foundation.
Doug announced that the club speech contest is next week Feb 23rd. We have 9-10 contestants so the meeting will start right at 12:00.
 Stop Hunger Now food packaging event will be on Sat Feb 25 at 8:00 – 8:45 at New Brighton middle school.
Tim introduced our speaker today, Glenn Pomeroy from the CA Earthquake Authority a publicly managed but privately funded entity.
Announcements and Reminders
Bonny and Connie as well as 4 others members of Rotoract  from UCSC attended our meeting today (see photos). They want to have members of our club mentor a college student. If interested please let them know.  They are also asking Rotarians to give them a job and we pay them $10 an hour and the money goes to Rotoract.  They will have their first fundraiser on April 29th, a silent auction with entertainment … they need donated items to auction off. If you have anything let them know!
Feb 23rd and Mar 16th will be our club and area speech contests.
Our major fundraiser is May 5th. Please let Michelle know if you have silent auction items or access to a vacation home or other exciting things. The committee meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 11:15.
On Feb 25th is the Stop Hunger distribution at New Brighton Middle School (across the street from St. Joseph’s)  at 8:30 in the morning.
Craig introduced our speaker today, Armando Alcaraz, of his own consulting firm. He brings 10 years of experience to his chosen field of transformational leadership and communication. He is also a musician and songwriter!  Today he spoke to us about the ‘magical opportunity of conflict.’
Announcements and reminders
Santa Cruz Sunrise will have a winetasting live music and art auction event to turn wine to water for Africa on Feb 11th at the Tannery District conference on May 6th and 7th.
Major fundraiser is May 5th. We need live and silent auction items! Tickets will be $150 apiece or you can buy a table for $1400.
Tim reported on the book distribution. All five schools in the service area will be given Picture Me Reading books for the students.
Speech contest is Feb 23rd. Doug reminded us it will be a longer than usual meeting and you may wish to come 15 minutes early. If you signed up to volunteer remember to come! Doug will send out e-mail reminders.
Stop Hunger Now will be Saturday Feb 25th at New Brighton Middle School for a barrel wrap.
February 22nd will be the Aptos Soquel Capitola Chamber event here at the golf club from 4:00 – 7:00.
Monte Vista school needs judges for a poster contest February 24th. Let Doug know if you are interested. 
John reported we have given $32,450 for the Rotary Foundation this year.
Doug introduced Mary Kashmar, our speaker today, from CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). It empowers volunteers to directly influence the lives of children in foster care by being a special advocate. They inform the courts and others as to what the child needs and what is in his/her best interests.
January 26, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Win said the Rotarians of the week were Bee and Pam for all their wonderful programs.
Sandra reminded us about RYLA for sophomores and juniors in high school. She has applications with her at the meetings.
Doug asked us to sign-up to help with the speech contest(s). Club contest is on Feb 23rd and March 16th is the area contest. We will probably start closer to noon those days.
Sign up for Stop Hunger Now to stuff barrels. It will be on Sat 25th of February at New Brighton middle school. Interacters and other rotary clubs will also be involved.
Michelle reminded us the major fundraiser is May 5th. It is a fundraiser for Leo’s Haven. Live and silent auction items are needed.
She also reminded us about the Meals on Wheels Fundraiser. It will be Friday February 3rd  and tickets are $60. If there is enough interest we will do a rotary table.
Our speaker today was Mary Gourlay. She spoke to us about the new development that is coming to Aptos Village in the next year. She has a master’s degree from Harvard and is a Swenson development manager who has worked in the field of community planning for the past 20 years.
Announcements and Reminders
Scott Turnbull spoke to us about the being the new Superintendent of Schools at the Soquel school district.  He has been in education for 27 years. He comes to us from the Santa Barbara area. He spoke about the passing of Measure C and how they will now be able to replace the portable classrooms. They are actively recruiting for the citizen’s oversight committee. Sandra will have the paperwork for anyone interested.
Michelle announced Feb 3rd is a luncheon for Meals on Wheels at 11:30 at Chaminade. Called Food From the Heart, Mark Stone will be the speaker. Tickets are $60. She also announced that Sat March 4th is the crab feed fundraiser for the fair grounds. Tickets for this are also $60.
Friday May 5th is our fundraiser for Leo’s Haven. It is a roast of Zach Friend. The committee meets the first and third Thursdays before our regular meeting. Silent and live auction items needed as well as bottles of wine.
Rotary night at the warriors is $25. Al has tickets. Deadline is next Thursday.
Sandra will be putting out application soon for RYLA. Sophomore and juniors are welcome to apply. Sandra will have the applications.
Doug Deaver reminded us of the speech contest. He also announced the Stop Hunger Now package wrapping will be on Sat Feb 25th 8:00 to 11:30.
Dr. Art introduced our speaker, Robert Strayer, who is a professor of world history. He has written a number of textbooks and is teaching at local colleges and writing another textbook. He spoke to us today about Islamic fundamentalism.
Announcements and Reminders
Rotary Night at the Warriors will be February 3rd at 7:00. They are playing the Iowa Energy. Al has twenty tickets at $25 each if you wish to go. You’ll get a tee shirt with your ticket!
Michelle has Rotary shirts for us women! Give her your size or she will assign one. Also fundraiser meetings will be held 1st and 3rd Thursday right before the regular meeting. Start looking for silent and live auction items!
Doug said the club speech contest will be February 23rd and March 16th will be the areawide competition. We will be hosting both of them here.
We will be putting together a Stop Hunger Now event at New Brighton middle school on Saturday February 25th . It will be similar to the barrel wrap that we do. Sign up with Doug Deaver.
Al announced that the Rotary Foundation International has given away $3 billion since its inception!!
May 7th will be our area meeting at the Boardwalk.
After several serious meetings today was all about fun. Jaqueline Kabat (pictured above with Bee Peters) was with us today. She is a comedian who teaches improvisation, works with corporations to do team building and also taught at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur.
Gisela Zebroski
Aug 24, 2017
The Berlin Airlift, the Candy Bomber and I
Rebecca Hurdis
Aug 31, 2017
Siena House
Gabby Johnson
Sep 07, 2017
Autism Family Network Santa Cruz
Holly Blue
Sep 14, 2017
Last Respects
Bruce Jaffe, Ph.D
Sep 21, 2017
All you need to know about...TSUNAMIS
Daniel White, Assoc. Editor UCSC, Author
Sep 28, 2017
Lost in the Forest: Americans in the Wild
Amy East, Ph.D
Oct 05, 2017
Dam and Blast: Restoring Rivers By Removing Large Dams
Jessica Ridgeway
Oct 12, 2017
Farm Discovery at Live Earth
Doug Brown, Rotarian
Oct 19, 2017
Maji Salama (Healthy Water)
Julie James
Oct 26, 2017
Jewel Theatre Performance--Patsy Cline!
Peggy Flynn
Nov 02, 2017
Foster Anderson, ED
Nov 09, 2017
Shared Adventure
Nov 23, 2017
We are dark!
Dorris. Marine Biologist
Nov 30, 2017
Sanctuary Cruises
Christmas Week
Dec 28, 2017
We are dark!
Alex Rinkert
Jan 25, 2018
Breeding Bird Atlas Project
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