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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
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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Win shared with us several thank you letters from our community grant recipients.

Walnut Ave Women’s Center has offered us a free ticket to their fundraiser which is August 12th  at  Chaminade as a thank you for club support. If you are interested in going see Pam.

There will be a board meeting on July 26th at 11:00 at Aptos Seascape. There are two potential openings on the board for the 2018-2019 year; if you wish to serve see Pam. 

Win’s debunking has been rescheduled for August. Watch the website for the final date.

Keith’s annual summer party will be Sunday August 26th at 3:00. There will be games and refreshments. Bring your favorite hors d'oeuvre to share if you wish!

Alesa Lightbourne, the author of The Kurdish Bike, a novel about Northern Iraq was our speaker today. Her book has won two international gold medals. Alesa is a UCSC graduate and local professor  and has taught all over the world.

 

  

         

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

We are passing around a sign-up sheet for people to work in the Rotary booth on the fourth of July (at the world’s shortest parade!). Other than our major fundraiser, this is our only money raising effort. See Tim for more information

Richard thanked the club for their efforts on his behalf but he can no longer run the beach clean-up so he is interested in finding someone to take over. Al volunteered so go out and support him!

Win shared with us several thank you letters from our community grant recipients.

We also welcomed Matt Wetstein and Victoria Lewis, both of Cabrillo College, as new members of the club.

Win’s debunking has been postponed. It will be held later in July.  

Sandra announced that the RYLA barbecue will be June the 28th at Mission Springs. See Sandra if you wish to share a ride or you can just show up. There is plenty of food.

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Sandra Wallace introduced our guest today, Chad Townsend, a doctoral student in bio-engineering at UCSC who is the recipient of our Rotary fellowship. He was a graduate of SLV high school before going to UCSC.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Today we honored the recipients of our Rotary scholarships Marisol Hernandez, Joshua Michener and Ethan Abelard (see photos below).

We will be passing around a sign-up sheet for people to work in the Rotary booth on the fourth of July (at the world’s shortest parade!).

O’Neill’s Sea Odyssey will be having a celebration next Sunday the 24th at Cowell beach and dedicating the Circle loop to Jack O’Neill. They need volunteers to help. if you can help see Michelle.

Dr. Art spoke to us about international service. He would like to hear from anyone who would like to be involved in an international projects. One is a polio project in India.  Project fairs also provide another opportunity.

Win’s debunking is in two weeks here at Aptos Seascape, Thurs the 28th  at noon.

Sandra announced that the RYLA barbecue will be that same night (the 28th) at Mission Springs. See Sandra if you wish to share a ride or you can just show up. There is plenty of food.

    Our speaker today was Jeremy Loader from Rise Against Hunger which is collaborating to end hunger. He is a local person and joined Rise Against Hunger in April of this year as program manager for the central coast.

 

    

Today was a special day for Capitola Aptos Rotary. We awarded grants totaling $18,000 to selected community groups and agencies. Awardees are pictured below. Each agency made a short presentation about the work they do in the community. They are as follows:
 
Cabrillo College Engineering Abroad Program   10 delegates will go abroad
to install water systems in Guatemala.This year will be a special challenge
because they are only ten miles from the volcano!
Dientes Community Dental Care serves over 10,000 patients a year
with dental care for low income and uninsured patients.
Their annual event funds free care for seniors and kids especially.
Digital Nest . is a workforce development center in Watsonville
and Salinas preparing 18-24 preparing them for r full time jobs.
40 youth have already achieved paying jobs or internships. 
For Kids Foundation Monterey Bay – they offer $ for critical needs
of youth from birth to 20 years old.
They operate across three counties. 
Grey Bears -promotes activity and social connections for hundreds
of people in Santa Cruz County .They glean food, about 500,000 lbs a year,
that they deliver to seniors. They also do computer refurbishing.
Helping Hands  provides home repair, balance training classes
and other services for older adults and people with health care needs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Today we awarded a check for $28,403 to Lisa Berkowitz, our local director of Meals on Wheels. She spoke about one driver who even though he is a diabetic is devoted to Meals on Wheels and drives for the organization. She stressed that our grant will keep the program running in difficult times.
Wes Hobbs Chair of the District Rotary Foundation presented an award to Dr. Art Dover for his contribution to Polio Plus. Mr. Hobbs reviewed for us how the money raised is being used. Polio has been virtually eliminated in all but two countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan) and even they have only 8 cases.  They noted Rotary is making a huge impact in the world (with the help of Dr. Dover!)
We reviewed the procedures for awarding our community grants and the recipients of these awards. They include programs such as Dientes, Second Harvest, Walnut Family and Women’s Center and the Volunteer Center Helping Hands Home Repair and Literacy Programs. Next week (June 7th) we will be having our awards ceremony for the recipients. If you are one of our recipient organizations, be sure to attend. It is a wonderful day and a chance to meet other awardees, and network!
 
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
The theme for this year’s Rotary district 5170 conference is Celebrate the Past: Create the Future. It is June 1-3 at San Jose State University. You can register online at events.rotarydistrict5170.org.
 
Watsonville Rotary is holding a Maine Lobster Feast on Saturday June 9 2018. Tickets are $100.00. The event will be held at 5:30 at the Harvest Building on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
 
Dr. Art Dover was named Medical Hero by the American Red Cross! If you are interested in attending his awards breakfast at Twin Lakes on June 15th let Al know.
 
Remember to track your volunteer hours in the community! We will  begin collecting those soon.
                
Today the club went off site to view the spectacular JKL American Museum of Telephony in Soquel. It has the most remarkable collection of telephones throughout the ages as well as phone booths, a library, and videos reflecting the history of the telephone.  It is a non-profit organization and admission is free!
 
The tour was led by the owner John K. LaRue and two other colleagues who between them have many years of experience working with telephone utilities both here and abroad.  We all learned many things that we hadn’t known before such as the number of colors phones have come in over the years, and the history of the development of the technology.
The museum welcomes visits by the public but by invitation only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to ask to be invited to visit contact  Mr. LaRue at 831-948-2127 or john@jklmuseum.com.
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
On May 24th we are going off site to the Museum of Telephony off Rodeo Gulch Rd. Sign up with Pam Goodman and specify your lunch if you plan to go. Meet at Beverly’s on 41st Ave at noon to carpool.
The theme for this year’s district conference is Celebrate the Past: Create the Future. It is June 1-3 at San Jose State University. You can register online at events.rotarydistrict5170.org.
 
Watsonville Rotary is holding a Maine Lobster Feast on Saturday June 9 2018. Tickets are $100.00. The event will be held at 5:30 at the Harvest Building on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
 
Dr. Art Dover was named Medical Hero by the American Red Cross! If you are interested in attending his awards breakfast at Twin Lakes on June 15th let Al know.
 
The annual Bob Swenson memorial golf tournament will be held on June 1st at Seascape Golf Club. Cost is $160.
 
Get the word out about RotaCare! Fliers are available from Brenda.
 
Win has Pollworker applications if you wish to work on election day in June. This is a fundraiser for the club.
 
Remember to track your volunteer hours in the community! We will  begin collecting those soon.
 
Today we had the Santa Cruz Derby Girls here. They’re a non-profit group celebrating their 10th year in our community.  Eileen Hill is the executive director of the group. Jenny Olson and Megan Alpine were also part of the presentation. (It should be noted that all girls have their derby names as well).
 
 
 
        
    
          
Announcements and Reminders
 
The theme for this year’s Rotary district 5170 conference is Celebrate the Past: Create the Future. It is June 1-3 at San Jose State University. You can register online at events.rotarydistrict5170.org.
 
Watsonville Rotary is holding a Maine Lobster Feast on Saturday June 9 2018. Tickets are $100.00. The event will be held at 5:30 at the Harvest Building on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
 
Dr. Art Dover was named Medical Hero by the American Red Cross! If you are interested in attending his awards breakfast at Twin Lakes on June 15th let Al know.
 
Remember to track your volunteer hours in the community! We will  begin collecting those soon.
                
Today the club went off site to view the spectacular JKL American Museum of Telephony in Soquel. It has the most remarkable collection of telephones throughout the ages as well as phone booths, a library, and videos reflecting the history of the telephone.  It is a non-profit organization and admission is free!
 
The tour was led by the owner John K. LaRue and two other colleagues who between them have many years of experience working with telephone utilities both here and abroad.  We all learned many things that we hadn’t known before such as the number of colors phones have come in over the years, and the history of the development of the technology.
The museum welcomes visits by the public but by invitation only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to ask to be invited to visit contact  Mr. LaRue at 831-948-2127 or john@jklmuseum.com.
 
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
On May 24th we are going off site to the Museum of Telephony off Rodeo Gulch Rd. Sign up with Pam Goodman and specify your lunch if you plan to go.
 
The theme for this year’s district conference is Celebrate the Past: Create the Future. It is June 1-3 at San Jose State University. You can register online at events.rotarydistrict5170.org.
 
The club received an application from Victoria Lewis of Cabrillo College to join the club. Her application was approved by the board. If there are comments on the application let Doug Deaver know.
 
If you wish to be a pollworker for the June elections and donate your fee as part of our fundraising efforts, applications are available here or call (831) 454-2060.
 
Watsonville Rotary is holding a Maine Lobster Feast on Saturday June 9 2018. Tickets are $100.00. The event will be held at 5:30 at the Harvest Building on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
 
Dr. Art Dover was named Medical Hero by the American Red Cross! If you are interested in attending his awards breakfast at Twin Lakes on June 15th let Al know
 
         Today we had the pleasure of hearing violinist Rebecca Jackson. She is a founding member of Music in May (see below) . She has performed in many marginalized communities around the world, including refugee camps. She is co-founder of Sound Impact and a graduate of Julliard and UCSC.
         
         
 
 
 
 
 
        
    
          
Announcements and Reminders
 
Soquel Interact Club will have their annual golf tournament May llth. For more information google Soquel High School Fund /Annual Golf Tournament.
 
The 2018 district conference is June 1st 2nd and 3rd in San Jose. You can sign up at the district website.
 
Next week there is a board meeting at 11:00.
 
On May 24th we will not be meeting here. We are going off site to the Museum of Telephony off Rodeo Gulch Rd. Sign up to go.
 
Our speaker today was Congressman Jimmy Panetta from the 20th Congressional District. He serves on the Ag Committee and its Nutrition and Horticultural research subcommittees as well as the House Armed Services Committee. He is the co-founder of the National Security Task Force and served on the board of the National Marine Sanctuary.
Congressman Panetta spoke about the level of confusion in the federal government at this point including things being said and things being tweeted, both substantiated and unsubstantiated. He said it can get confusing and it truly is an unprecedented time.
         
Announcements and Reminders
The Scotts Valley club announced  on Saturday April 28th  they will hold their fundraiser.. Lacy J. Dalton will be singing! Tickets are $40.00. You can get them at www.lacyjdalton.brownpapertickets.com.
 
Soquel Interact Club will have their annual golf tournament May llth. For more information google Soquel High School Fund /Annual Golf Tournament.
 
Three blue badges were distributed today to William Gray, Roy Morter and Dave Dematteis. Welcome to the club!
 
Kelly announced that his year's debunking for Win Fernald will be at June 28th here in Aptos at the Seascape golf club at lunch. The RYLA dinner will be that evening. 
 
Our speakers today were Michelle and Alex Bell. They spoke about their trip to Botswana Africa in November 2016.
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Announcements and Reminders
 
Remember our major fundraiser tomorrow, Friday April 13th!  A roast for Bruce McPherson will be the highlight.  Come and bring your guest(s) and prepare to bid on our silent auctions items. It should be a wonderful night!
 
 The community grant application deadline has passed. Applications will be reviewed by the end of May and our June 7th meeting will be with the awardees.
The Scotts Valley club announced that they now meet at the Hilton on Monday at 12:15. On Saturday April 28th  they will hold their fundraiser.. Lacy J. Dalton will be singing! Tickets are $40.00. You can get them at www.lacyjdalton.brownpapertickets.com.
Soquel Interact Club will have their annual golf tournament May llth. For more information google Soquel High School Fund /Annual Golf Tournament.
Our speaker today was Doug Brown with his wife Maria, the photographer who took many of the beautiful pictures we saw today.  He spoke about his experiences on the Ntaba African safari.
 
 
 
        
    
          
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        
    
          
Announcements and Reminders
 
Our application for community grants has been posted. It is on the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th. Please note: The application must be downloaded and filled out off-line then e-mailed in.
 
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th!  A roast for Bruce McPherson will be the highlight!  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which come with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies (sanders and drop cloths especially) and volunteers! If you want to add your name to the list see Craig.
 
Rotarian of the week is Michelle for all her hard work on the major fundraiser.
 
Next week is a board meeting at 11:00. The week after is a foundation meeting at the same time.John Fisher announced that we still need $50 from every member for donations for Polio Plus. Contributions will be matched.
 
Our speaker today was Dr. Matthew Wetstein, the new president of Cabrillo College. He has a political science doctorate and started his career as a political science professor. He is the author of a number of articles. He first shared with us a little of his personal background . He comes to us from the central valley, (Stockton), after bring born in the Midwest, (East St. Louis Illinois).  Then he went on to speak about Cabrillo. It currently serves 12000 students in its two sites. Sixty percent (60%) of the students are women. One in five of the students is the first in the family to attend college.
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        
    
          
Announcements and Reminders
 
Our application for community grants has been posted. It is on the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Please note: The application must be downloaded and filled out off-line then e-mailed in.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th!  A roast for Bruce McPherson will be the highlight!  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which come with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies (sanders and drop cloths especially) and volunteers! If you want to add your name to the list see Craig.
Bee announced that we have two winners in the annual Santa Cruz “Best of” survey. Lifespan was runner-up for best senior services and Kyle was runner up for best financial planner.
John Fisher announced that we need to make a $50 donation to the foundation for 100% club participation.
The Soquel High Interactors are having a fundraiser at DeLaveaga Golf Club on May 11th. It is $120 per golfer.
Our speaker today was Dr. David Smith, an accomplished athlete, author and adventurer as well as a marathon swimmer and creator of the NBC show ‘Survival of the Fittest’.  He spoke about testing physical and psychological limits and the importance of getting out of one’s comfort zone.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        
    
          
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th, a roast for Bruce McPherson.  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which come with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
Second Harvest needs volunteers next Saturday (March 24th) to help with food sorting.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies (sanders and drop cloths especially) and volunteers! In the same vein, the Rotarian of the week is Craig Matthews for taking on this big job. If you want to add your name to the list see Craig.
John Fisher announced the Rotary Foundation was honoring Bill Witmer for his contributions.
 
      Dean Kaufman, a Veterans Services Officer from our local Veteran’s Service Office (VS0) at 846 Front Street spoke to use today about Veteran's Benefits.
         Mr Kaufman began by stressing that veterans are part of all of our lives. He first described the four branches of the VA: healthcare, financial benefits (such as the GI bill), cemeteries, and the vet center. Ours is one of the best VA’s (in Livermore) in the country due to an association with Stanford. Two other nearby clinics are Monterey and San Jose. Vets must have an honorable discharge to be eligible for this service.  No computer system links them all together. However, our VSO is a county office, not affiliated with the federal VA.
         
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th, a roast for Bruce McPherson.  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which come with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies and volunteers! To sign up, see Win.
We had two visitors today from the Aptos Chamber of Commerce who are doing a project getting their members to identify where they appear and we were featured today! See us on their website!
Doug announced that Jamie Walton from Aptos High won the area speech contest (as Doug said she smoked ‘em!). Now she goes on to the regional contest. Go Jamie!
 
 
Our speaker today was our own Doug Deaver !  He highlighted websites and phone apps, many of which are free, that we might find helpful.
Want to avoid robocalls? NOMOROBO is an app that makes robo calls only ring once. Similarly, HIYA is a phone app that tells you who’s calling even if you don’t have a record of them.
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th, a roast for Bruce McPherson.  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which comes with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) applications are due. Awardees go to Mission Springs for a 5 day leadership camp. High school sophomores and juniors are eligible. If you know of someone who could be eligible get an application from Sandy.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies and volunteers! To sign up, see Win.
Doug introduced two Interact members who spoke to us about what is happening at Soquel High. They spoke about their RYLA experience and the Fall Leadership Conference. They also did fundraisers such as gift wrapping and beach clean-up. Ahead is the Polar Plunge!
Our speaker today was Amy Ettinger, a writer who grew up in Silicon Valley. She has written about travel, parenting, health and food and these articles have been published in the New York Times as well as other publications. Today she spoke to us about her book Sweet Spot which is all about ice cream!
       
        
 
 
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the bottom right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Rotary Night at the Warriors is March 2nd. Go to their website and enter Rotary Night Warriors Santa Cruz and the info will come up. Tickets are $41.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th, a roast for Bruce McPherson.  Tickets are $150. Save the date!
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) applications are due. Awardees go to Mission Springs for a 5 day leadership camp. High school sophomore and juniors are eligible. If you know of someone who could be eligible get an application from Sandy.
Kids Foundation of Monterey Bay is auctioning off an electric bike on Apr 21st. Raffle tickets are $10 each. See Sandy for tickets.
The area speech contest is March 3rd at SLV. Go and support our winner, Jamie Walton.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies and volunteers! To sign up, see Win.
Our speaker today was from the Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center.  Phil Kramer, seen above with Pam Goodman, is  the executive director. He comes from a high-tech background but mid-career decided instead to focus on non-profits in our community.
 
 
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the bottom right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Rotary night at the warriors is March 2nd. Go to their website and put in Rotary Night Warriors Santa Cruz and the info will come up. Tickets are $41.
Michelle reminded us that the major fundraiser will be Friday April 13th. The committee decided it will be two-part fundraiser for our community grants and Meals on Wheels. Meetings of the fundraiser committee will be on the first and third Thursdays at 11:00. All are welcome to come.
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. We will be setting up starting at around 3:00 if you wish to help. If you have old Rotarian magazines bring them and we’ll hand them out.
Pam Goodman announced that in the month of March we have great speakers lined up. One speaker will share his experience about being in an internment camp, another will tell us about the effect of sports on society and we will be introduced to the new president of Cabrillo College. Come and bring a guest!
Sandy announced that RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) applications are due. Awardees go to Mission Springs for a 5 day leadership camp and our club pays their way.  High school sophomore and juniors are eligible. If you know of someone who could be eligible get an application from Sandy.
Win gave us an update on our Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center project. It is scheduled to take place probably on April 7th,, but it may take more than one day. All Rotary clubs will participate and our club is responsible for painting tables and benches.
UCSC Rotaract will have a fundraisers for Jacob’s Heart and Digital Nest . The date is February 24 12-4 at UCSC Arboretum. Tickets are $30.
Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary will have their annual fundraiser Saturday April 21st 2-5 PM. It is a wine tasting at the Tannery on 1060 River St.  This program benefits the Santa Cruz al Salvador program which provides clean water and sanitation. For more info go to www.wine2water2018.eventbrite.com.
Save the date for the Watsonville Rotary Maine lobster fest. It is $100 on June 9th at 5:30 at the harvest building on the Santa Cruz county fairgrounds.
         Today was the chapter speech contest. Talented students from area high schools (Soquel and Aptos) competed for scholarships, speaking on a variety of topics, but all incorporating the Rotary 4 way test.  The third place ($50) winner was Katherine Walton,  The second place winner ($100)  was  Annie Nye and the first place winner ($200) was Jamie Walton.  Winners will compete in the area contest in April and those winners will go on to the district contest.
 
         
Announcements and Reminders
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the right hand corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
 
The club speech contest is next week. We will meet in the big room.
 
Rotary night at the warriors is March 2nd. Go to their website and put in Rotary Night Warriors Santa Cruz and the info will come up. Tickets are $41.
 
Michelle announced that the major fundraiser will be Friday April 13th. The committee decided it will be two-part fundraiser for our community grants and Meals on Wheels. Meetings of the fundraiser committee will be on the first and third Thursdays at 11:00. All are welcome to come.
 
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. We will be setting up starting at around 3:00 if you wish to help.
         Our speaker today was Mary Edmund who is the executive director from CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams). It is based on the theory of neighbors helping neighbors. It is run by the CERT Auxiliary, a local non-profit. Our branch is associated with the Aptos La Selva Fire District.
        
Announcements and Reminders
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the bottom right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail in applications by April 13th.
 
John Fisher awarded Karen her five star Paul Harris Pin!
There will be a board meeting next week at 11:00.
 
Rotary night at the warriors is March 2nd. Go to their website and put in Rotary Night Warriors Santa Cruz and the info will come up. Tickets are $41.
 
Michelle announced that the major fundraiser will be Friday April 13th. The committee decided it will be two part fundraiser for our community grants and Meals on Wheels. Meetings will be on the first and third Thursday at 11:00.
 
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. Doug has a volunteer sign-up sheet to help promote Rotary that night.
 
         Jessica Bukowinski, outreach coordinator for Village Santa Cruz was our speaker today. They are a network of Santa Cruz County residents who are working to support aging in place by providing asocial connections, intergenerational interaction and practical assistance.
       
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the bottom right corner of our home page.  

Please return your application via email by April 13th.’

 

John awarded Michelle Bassi a Polio Plus pin for her contributions.
If we have eligible contestants, the speech contest will be held February 15th. Sign up to help with judging, scoring or greeting.
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. Doug has a volunteer sign-up sheet to help promote Rotary that night.
RYLA applications are out now. Get them from Sandra if you know of students who are eligible (freshman, sophomores or juniors in high school).
June 23-27th is the international convention this year in Toronto.
         Our three speakers today were from the Santa Cruz County Bird Club. Stephanie Singer is a board member. Lisa, the president of the bird club was the second presenter. Third, was Alex Rinkert who conducts bird research and habitat restoration and has led more than 200 birding trips.
         
Announcements and Reminders
 
Rotary Warrior night will be March 2nd. Find it on the internet by putting in Rotary Warriors Santa Cruz for tickets.
The speech (the club only) contest will be February 15th. Sign up to help with judging, scoring or greeting.
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. Doug has a volunteer sign-up sheet to help promote Rotary that night.
RYLA applications will go out later this month. Get them from Sandra if you know of students who are eligible (freshman, sophomores or juniors in high school).
The Rotaract club is holding its 2nd annual large scale fundraiser on February 24th which will support Jacobs Heart and Digital Nest. It will be from 12-4 at the UCSC arboretum. For more information or tickets go to rotaractfair.eventbrite.com. They also have individuals available for tasks around your house as another fundraiser.
Applications will be on the website for community grants by the end of January. April 13th will be date to turn in the applications.
Taylor spoke to us about happenings at Congressman Panetta’s office and what their actions have been this past year. He has been working on issues such as health care, immigration and preventing oil drilling off our coast.
 
John Fry was our speaker today. He has an MBA and a PhD and has a construction group CDN Crocker Frye.  He has many years of community service and is currently developing Founder’s Markets neighborhood grocery stores. He has just completed a year of service on the grand jury and spoke to us about that today.
        
Announcements and Reminders
 
Next Thursday the 18th is the Foundation Board Meeting at 11:00.
Michelle announced that Friday April 13th will be the date for roasting Bruce McPherson.  The first fundraising meeting is to determine whether we will focus on one non-profit or fund our ongoing community programs
Our club will be helping to paint and/or refinish benches and tables at the Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center in the upcoming year. Stay tuned for more details.
Rotarians of the week are the Pam and Bee for putting together our programs!
Rotary Warrior night will be March 2nd. Find it on the internet by putting in Rotary Warriors Santa Cruz for tickets.
The speech (the club only) contest will be February 15th. Sign up to help with judging, scoring or greeting.
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. Doug has a volunteer sign-up sheet to help promote Rotary that night.
CASA Friends luncheon will be February 7th. 
RYLA applications will go out later this month. Get them from Sandra if you know of students who are eligible (freshman, sophomores or juniors in high school).
Paul Harris plus foundation pin went to Brenda Mee today.
 
Our speaker today was Gail Pellerin, pictured above with Bee Peters. She is Santa Cruz County Registrar of Voters. She manages all the elections conducted in the county and does civil marriages and voter registration as well as many other responsibilities. She covered a number of new laws concerning voting as well as what is upcoming in the two 2018 elections.
 
 
 
Speakers
Jil Castagnola
Jul 19, 2018
Wings Homeless Advocacy
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Laura Bush addresses Rotarians

Former first lady of the United States speaks at

International Inspiration

A princess, 3 prime ministers, and a former first lady join 25,000 in Toronto to celebrate Rotary’s good work and plan more of

Canada a champion in polio eradication

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accepts polio eradication award

Rotary world gathers in Atlanta to celebrate 100 years

2017 Rotary Convention offers five days of inspiring speakers, exciting events, and opportunities to connect with club members from around the world

Incoming Rotary president challenges clubs to make a difference 

2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley announces his presidential theme, Rotary: Making a