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We were back at Seascape with a nearly full house!
 
Without Sam or Al we forwent (?) the opening songs, though there is a groundswell for Kelly to a capella at least one of them.  He may be the only member who knows  the lyrics to the 4 Way Test song and he can stay in key without an instrument. 
 
There was no joke of the day.  President Ken suggests that folks come prepared with one in case Sam can’t make it and/or his Joke App isn’t working.  Dagmar?  We know you have a comic genre already.
 
Sue announced that the Santa Cruz Symphony Home Tour will be virtual this year, with catalogs available at the Jade Street. For more info see Home Tour
 
Kendra showed photos of our club's entry in the Holiday Lights, and reminded us that tickets need to be purchased in advance (holiday lights tickets.)    She recommends the walking option (because it facilitates the drinking option?)
 
Please send in your donations to the district's wheelchair drive by December 15 - make checks payable to the Capitola Aptos Rotary Foundation.
 
We are missing many Rotary  badges, please bring them to the next meeting.  A good way to remember to bring them is to put them on before you come to the meeting. 
 
The missing Rotary and 4 way test banners may have been located with Al.   But Al seems to be missing.  Information on the whereabouts of either/both/all is appreciated.
 
Just in time for Thanksgiving, fun facts from our detective Sue
  • First Thanksgiving was 1621 in Plymouth Mass.   Corn was served, courtesy of Squanto who taught the Pilgrims how to plant it
  • Thanksgiving highlights include, family, starting the holiday season, dessert, and leftovers
  • 53.4 million are forecasted to travel for the holiday;  AAA recommends they pack "patience"
  • Busiest profession the day after Thanksgiving:   Plumbers
  • Americans will cook 704 million pounds of turkey for the holiday
  • Lincoln was the first president to declare Thanksgiving Day;  FDR set it as the 4th Thursday in November.   Now every President pardons a Turkey to mark the holiday.
  • Jingle bells was actually a Thanksgiving song to start with
 
 
Our speaker was Jenni Veitch-Olson from Mar Monte Planned Parenthood.  She spoke on many topics including the origins, development and functions of Planned Parenthood. Mar Monte is the largest Planned Parenthood chapter in the nation.  While there has been much attention focused on the challenges to Roe v. Wade, abortion assistance is only about 3% of Planned Parenthood’s activities.  In the question and answer-period after her presentation it was brought up that Planned Parenthood provides abortion services that are not offered by local hospitals.
 
Planned Parenthood is holding a Roe v. Wade fundraiser for $25 on January 21, 2022.  Anissa said donations can be made on the Santa Cruz “give” website. https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-mar-monte
 
Enjoy the holiday, hope to see you December 2 at Seascape.  Seascape sent a reminder that the County is requiring masks for all indoor gatherings except when eating- so we will all need masks to get in but can remove them when eating.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker Dr. Robin McFarland
 
 
 
At our November 4th meeting, Cabrillo College faculty member Dr. Robin McFarland gave a fascinating presentation on the most peculiar of topics: naked mole rats.
 
 
Which of these words is most off-putting? Naked? Rat? Naked rat? Are there naked more rats in Santa Cruz? What could we expect from this odd subject matter?
 
As a young academic, Dr. McFarland spent some time as part of a team studying these odd creatures in South Africa before going on to obtain her doctorate from the University of Washington. (At this mention, Kelly stood up and pumped his fist.)
 
In a nutshell, here’s what to know about these creatures that live their lives underground, fearing only snakes: The species is 30 million years old, one of the most successful on the planet.
 
Naked mole rats are one of only two mammal species that organize themselves like bees: with a queen, a few male consorts, and a cooperative society of sterile workers. The other species is also a kind of mole rat.
 
Naked mole rats don’t age the way humans do. They live their lives free of most indicators of aging, then rapidly decline and die. They are of immense interest to those who study the aging process. Just Google naked mole rats. You will be surprised at the number of hits.
 
After obtaining her doctorate at UDub, Robin was invited to join the faculty at UCSC studying the bones of chimpanzees and other apes. Two tidbits stood out from this portion of her talk: Dr. Jane Goodall, while researching primates in the wild, would bury deceased apes in wire cages that would allow worms and insects to strip the bones clean, then ship them in immaculate condition to Dr. McFarland’s team at UCSC for analysis.
 
Most chimpanzees in the wild suffer multiple fractures during their lives. The cause? Falling from trees. Thank you, Doctor, for a most entertaining and memorable presentation. Your students of anatomy and physiology at Cabrillo are fortunate to have you.
 
 
 
 
 
Our return to in-person meetings was a huge success!
 
Over 35 members and several guest Rotarians.  The piano is gone so Sam soloed on electric guitar leading us in the Welcome Song followed by The 4- Way Test song.  The lyrics to the Welcome song have returned to “Read about it in the Hub” which everyone seems to remember.  The 4 Way test lyrics remain elusive to some/many/most.  As its most enthusiastic  supporter Kelly is nominated as the member to contact for lyrical clarity.  And given his strong and pitch-perfect performance thereof, he’s a good person to sit near to cover for inability to carry a tune.
 
Sam also told a very successful joke of the day and Dr. Art had a poignant thought to share. 
 
Kendra and Nelson set up the Zoom attendance though we may have only had one person on zoom- TrishKendra bought a much improved sound system which worked well.  The zoom link is on line and very easy to connect to.
 
Michele B reminded us that the Holiday Lights display gathering will be Saturday November 13.
Kendra reminded everyone to please RSVP for lunches so we get the right amount of food at the right price from Seascape.
Also, the November 11 meeting will be at Michael’s on Main in Soquel- we also need a head count for that.
 
Dr. Art followed his thought for the day with a stint as detective.  All attendees were interrogated as to what they have done to save the planet.  Many folks spoke about water savings such as replacing lawns, others have cut out plastic water bottles, others have cut out red meat.  Dr. Art suggested that we all do as much as we can including riding bikes and taking advantage of the county’s public transportation system to cut down on emissions.
 
 
Our guest speaker was District Governor Richard Flanders. 
He was introduced by past DG Ron Seckel who is well known in our club.  Attending with him were Camilla Boolootian from the Santa Cruz Sunrise Club who is our Assistant District Governor and Community Services Chair and Hung Wei from the Rotary Club of Cupertino Rotary Club who is the District Membership Chair. DG Flanders recognized Dr. Art’s exceedingly generous donations to fight polio and commended the club on its 100% member-contribution.  He also spoke glowingly of his interactions with our beloved John Fisher, gave a shout out to Karen S. as the best treasurer the district has ever had and recognized our ever-young nonagenarian Keith Medeiros for his longevity.  The DG also presented Dr. Art and Michele B with pins for contributions of $1,000+. 
 
DG Flanders is an attorney in the East Bay who was introduced to Rotary as a young associate lawyer by his boss, Richard KingRichard King  is the past world president of Rotary International and has given many inspirational presentations on Rotary.  DG Flanders inherited Richard King’s passion for Rotary.  He urged the club to increase membership and expand the club’s reach into the community. 
DG Flanders spoke at some length about a favorite project of his- the wheelchair foundation.  In recognition of this, the club “passed the hat” for donations, and Al, Doug D and Dr. Art pledged to match the members’ contributions up to $1,500. 
DG Flanders told about the generosity of the Bering family from Danville/Blackhawk towards the wheelchair project, donating $21,000 which is 50% of the costs for each of 2 containers of 280 wheelchairs.  There is another fundraiser at the Blackhawk museum on Feb. 27, 2022. 
DG Flanders also spoke about the donations of former LA Laker Vlady Divac and his wife who are developing a partnership with Rotary to build a peace project in Serbia.  Eric Costello paid $100 for the basketball signed by Vlady D.
 
DG Flanders told a moving story about his personal experience with the fellowship of Rotary.   His father died in Taipei when Richard was about 12.  His mother moved the family from Indonesia to the US and promised that when she died, her husband and she would be together again.  After her passing many years later, Richard and his brother flew to Taipei to try to recover their father’s ashes.  They had been put in touch with a Rotarian in Taipei named Gary Wong  who helped them locate their father’s ashes at a Buddhist monastery.  The monks were reluctant to release the ashes until the Rotarian spoke to them and took responsibility if anything was wrong.  As a result of his kindness and influence, Richard and his brother were able to get their father’s ashes and his parents now rest together.  Gary Wong became President of Rotary International.
 
DG Flanders concluded his story by reminding us that Rotarians are people of action in service to our communities and the world, and sometimes, as in his case, that service is rewarded by people who give to us.
 
The visiting Rotary dignitaries complimented us on how fun our meeting was.  Let’s keep it up!
 
 
 
Courtesy of  Lowry Fenton, cub reporter of this week!
 
 
The big news:
In person starts again next Thursday at Seascape.   Kendra reported 30 people plan to attend – see below for how to RSVP20 participants
 
Dress yoga pants are not an oxymoron – see Michele or Kendra for details.
 
Ken reported avoiding accidents both to and from his trip to Danville.   Unclear whether he bought a lottery ticket later that day to ride his good luck.
 
Some teasing and compliments about Lowry’s* golf game (*your first time cub reporter).
 
 
 
Announcements
Kendra announced that RSVP's for next Thursday 28 October in person meetings should go to her via email;   for November we'll go back to the google form.   Remember that you can edit the google form;   input TBD for your unsure dates, and then update the form later as you know more about your schedule
 
Michele said that we will be setting up the Holiday lights booth November 13 – she will send an email soon with details.   If you can help that day, please let team leader Anissa know;  also donations or loans of outdoor holiday décor are welcome to make this year’s booth even bigger and brighter.
 
 
Just in time for Halloween – costume ideas
 
Pam was the detective - best costume was the topic:
 
- Pam: a shower - with hulu hoop, scrub brush and shower curtain.   Pam got some attention at the bar that evening
- Michele adorned her sweats with cereal boxes with knives - 'serial killer'.
--- (Pam suggested replacing with blue dyed tampons – ‘Picasso’s Blue Period’;)
- Rich – His mom made a spiderman costume that fell apart, but he kept trick or treating
- Becky – and husband dressed like octogenarians, and got respectful service at the liquor store.
- Win - dressed his 8 month up like a lobster, and his son carried her in a lobster bucket
- Nelson - went to a law firm costume party with long hair wig, a pot and a lid.   ‘Want grass – I can sell you a lid?’
- Kendra - martini, (see photo if Mardi can pull that from the deck)
 
- Laura  pumpkin patch
- Kelly wore Norwegian* lederhosen  (*with a fjord logo?).
- Trish  RBG with black gown that served as judge robes.
 
 
 
Jocelyn Curran spoke on the Downtown Streets Team (‘DST’)
 
Picking up debris and syringes - police chief complemented the team's cleaning
 
“Homelessness is an experience, not an identity.”
 
DST organizes teams of unhoused and at risk people to clean Santa Cruz neighborhoods.   30 people work Monday through Friday 8 to 12, in return for non-cash gift cards for food, storage, transport, communication, housing.   They’ve picked up over 3900 syringes this year in Santa Cruz.
 
 J.M. Brown, advisory board member and Bruce McPherson staff member added comments after Jocelyn’s talk, strongly supporting their work.   DST’s weekly full team meetings are very inspirational.
 
 
 
 
Hub Cub Notes. Courtesy of Matthew Wetstein
 
Just before the start of the meeting, Kendra said there were rumors that the Club will have a Holiday Display at the Fairgrounds again this year – but the rumors are not true that Matt Wetstein will be there every night in a Santa suit yelling “Ho Ho Ho – go to Cabrillo!”
 
Michelle Bassi says her new job at First Capital is good. She said she was anxious to get to work after meeting all the staff. She was clearly not attending the zoom meeting from the office, based on the screenshot that features wine glasses behind her. Next to the Garden Deli…a lunch joint that even served Al DeCamara in the ‘90s.
 
Speaking of Al, he reported that his son Matthew and a few others at SFSU will be at Chase Center for a concert as backup singers for Joel Walsh and the Eagles on October 20.
 
Dave Andrews showcased a beautiful sunrise photo from Yosemite
 
Laura reported on the board meeting and timing of the meeting. Speaker of the day – was told that we’d start at 12 noon. Visit until 12:15, Club business and announcements until 12:30, then have the guest speaker.
 
Art Dover led the Pledge.
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Michelle – announced that Holiday Lights will be bigger and better and longer. $100 for a 10x10 booth. We’d like to do it, but we need decorative elves and new items for the display. Theme will be Santa, sleighs, and X-mas trees. Friday Nov. 12 to Monday Nov. 15 set up dates. Anissa – volunteered to be the head decorator.
 
Michelle – second announcement – Meals on Wheels is looking for a new location. In negotiations for the old Aldo’s on Branciforte. The building has a bunch of restaurant equipment. Big Hibachi Tables are an example. The equipment can be purchased and used by anyone if they’ll haul it away.
Anissa reported that the Walnut Avenue Family and Women’s Center online auction – closes Sunday at noon.
Art reported that Maintenance staff at County Parks needs someone to water new plantings at Hidden Beach. Folks suggested that Doug Deaver would be a good choice.
 
Kendra – results of survey for face to face meetings. Next week still be on zoom, but on October 28, we will be back at Seascape Golf Course. That day will be the District Governor’s visit.
 
Win – Grant awards will be after the first of the calendar year instead of November. Win will let applicants know. We will reconvene for consideration in January and make awards in March.
 
Bill Wittmer – announced that the Rotary Foundation campaign. The contributions can be sent to Bill in care of the Rotary Foundation.
 
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
from Art Dover – What is more surreal than a nose?
 
 
DETECTIVE DUTIES
Sue was the Detective for the day…the theme was history. It included facts and trivia around presidents, and other prominent politicians and artists. Art – nailed Thelonious Monk as a pianist, Nelson knew when bar codes got introduced in grocery stores.
 
Anissa introduced Tracy McKenna and Colin Clark, of Ecology Action. Colin gave a quick presentation to the The organization was founded in 1970 as a student run recycling center in Santa Cruz. In 2002 they started doing energy efficiency work for local governments. The firm is based in downtown Santa Cruz sharing the old Sentinel building with Cruzio. Community Programs focuses on sustainable transportation programs and electrification of the transportation sector. Ratio Institute focuses on sustainable practices in the food retail sector.  TAPER focuses on energy efficiency work to help cut emissions in businesses, replacing lights, refrigeration, HVAC systems and pairing customers up with energy efficiency rebates.
 
The session closed with Q&A with Colin. An interesting fact – if Eco Action takes you out to lunch, the firm will not buy red meat.
 
Colin Clark of Ecology Action
 
Some of the Rotary Zoomers of 10/14/21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This week zoom got us together after playing hide and seek with many of us before getting logged in, we had the participation of; Ken Gorman, David Andrews, Win Fernald, Kendra Cleary, Arthur Dover, Laura Grinder, Trish Glassey, Anissa Novak, Craig Bagley, Nelson Crandall, Kelly Nesheim, Dagmar Leguillon,  Graham Stokes, Jeff Ursino, Rich Hamlin, Bill Witmer and Mardi Padilla.
 
 
 
Rich started us with his taxi service adventure for Pam and Karen that included missing his exit as well as enjoying the view around San Mateo
 
Congratulations to Ken and his family welcoming a new son in law! Lots of happiness to the newlyweds!
 
Jeff he has been very busy, we sure missed him but he is happy to be back with us! Welcome back Jeff!
 
 
Guest:
Ryder Spires, invited by Mardi Padilla. Ryder enjoyed the meeting and has fun memories when participated at the last beach clean up of our Club at Rio del Mar
 
Announcements: 
 
Mask mandates were lifted, should we consider going back in person? we asked Dr Art who mentioned it is possible as long as we are cautious, although anyone with symptoms should stay home.
Also our president Ken Gorman will be looking into a test lunch at Michael’s meanwhile Kendra will be emailing a google form looking for your answer to attend a meeting in person, let’s RSVP and not lose our spot!
 
Dr Art announced providing regular and senior (Flu Block) vaccines, this Saturday, at Redwood Village patio (across from #6 and Palm Deli),
11 am to 1 pm
No appointment necessary.
 
We had two thoughts for the day from Dr Art whom curiously asked Kelly..while wearing a mask in front of the computer.. did you ever had a computer virus?😂
 
 
Main Thought of the day by Dr Art:
Even on the most exalted throne in the world, we are only sitting on our own bottom.
 
   
Trish was the detective of the day...there comes the fines!
  1. Driving an unlicensed airport taxi service? ..Did I hear Nolo contendere? Ken Gorman
  2. Which Rotarian of our Club was on the News? (Matt Wetstein) +Happy Belated birthday= Doble fined Kendra 
  3. New Santa Cruz County Regulations? Laura Knew, way to go!
  4. Are vaccinated people required to wear mask indoors? Win Fernald
  5. What did the 85 Inmates had in common at Monterey county jail? They all had Covid and similar addictions, Dr Art 
  6.  Today is the National Day of? Golf lovers Day, Kelly 
  7.  Also this day is National Day of? Vodka Day! Dave Andrews 
  8. Last but not least it was National Child Health Day! Jeff Ursino was close!

 

 
Anissa Novak introduced our speaker:
 Alexandra Van Zanes Manager of Philanthropy- Major Gifts & Grants, Dominican Hospital Foundation
Alexandra grew up in the Santa Mountains and resides in Scotts Valley. She has a strong passion for her community. Previously, she attended Cabrillo College where she achieved her Associates Degree in Business Administration and graduated with High Honors. Following her Associates, she received her Bachelors in Business Management of Economics with Dean’s Honors from the University of California Santa Cruz. After graduating, Alexandra worked in a variety of career fields, starting in the healthcare sector and transitioning into non-profit work at Pajaro Valley Unified School District in Purchasing and Payroll.
She has worked at Dominican Hospital Foundation for over 5 years and her primary focus is major giving and grants. She leads the Annual Giving Program including: Employee Giving Campaign, Women of Wellness Council, and Gala. When not working, she enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two sons.
 
Alexandra, thank you for joining us and for supporting our community!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We had few people attending the meeting this week, starting with Dave Andrews, Nelson Crandall, Anissa, Wen, Craig, Matt, Lowry, Sandra, Rich, Jim, Julie, Trish, Laura, Kelly and Sue, thanks for joining.
 
 
Matt says Cabrillo received a $5 million HSI grant that they plan to use for STEM education
 
Laura chaired the meeting
 
No guests or visitors
 
Matt: There are people who see a glass half full and are considered optimists; people who see a glass half empty and are considered pessimists; and people who drink the glass and are considered both optimists and pessimists
 
Nelson was the detective.
  1. Whose birthday is it today? Joni Stokes
  2. Whose birthday is it tomorrow? Graham Stokes
  3. What happened with regard to our solar system on this day in 1846? German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle discovered the planet Neptune.
  4. Today is National Checkers and Dogs in Politics Day. What does the game of checkers have to do with dogs in politics? Nixon gave his checkers speech on this day in 1952 (Kelly knew)
I’m giving you a name of a presidential pet. What kind of pet was it and who was the president?
  1. Murry the Outlaw of Falahill (Fala): Scottish Terrier – FDR (Kelly knew)
  2. Miss Beasley: George W. Bush; Scottish Terrier
  3. Macaroni: Kennedy – pony (Julie knew)
  4. Gabby: Eisenhower – parakeet (Laura came close)
  5. Grits: Carter – Border collie
  6. Him: Johnson – Beagle
 
 
Matt announced that at Thursday tonight and next week there will be community events who want to speak this way
ANNOUNCEMENT: I'm placing the Cabrillo Name Exploration website in the chat below - we have community dialogue sessions scheduled tonight and next Thursday from 6 - 7:30 pm.  The sessions are via zoom. Here's the link below:
 
We need guidance on how to contribute to the wheelchair drive.
 
 
Anissa introduced Richelle Noroyan, with 2nd Harvest
 
 
 
 
 
*Aarushi Thaker, Area 10 Director for Interact remind us that Area 10 shirts are still on sale!  
The proceeds for these shirts go directly towards the Area and the projects that Interact is doing this year. This is a great way to support Interact and get a cool shirt! Please share this to anyone who would be interested in getting one as well. 
Here’s the link to order: bit.ly/3nPeUvu
 
 
 
 
 
 

About 20 people attended our September 16 zoom lunch meeting.

Welcome New member Lowry Fenton!!!! Another Stanford alum!  For those not paying attention, athletes from Lowry’s alma mater won 24 Olympic medals in Tokyo- 23 by women….a guy won a bronze in fencing.

Michele Bassi passed along a reminder all about this Friday’s 2d Harvest food distribution at the fairgrounds 830 am-1 pm: we hope to have a strong turnout.

Michele also asked to pass along that she is leaving Santa Cruz County Bank to take a job at First Capital at their office on Soquel near Dominican Hospital.  Congratulations to Michele and First Capital!

A gold star to Mardi for attending from Peru again.

Al couldn’t make it but passed along the announcement, confirmed by Dr. Art, that he and Dr. Art would match up to $1,000 for what the club can raise for the wheelchair project.  Thanks gentlemen!

Dr. Art presented the thought for the day and President Ken told the joke for the day.

Doug Deaver celebrated a birthday.  Decorum prohibits publicly announcing the number of years but he clearly looks and acts far younger.

Matt was the detective  and focused on historical events around September 15-16, including the declarations of independence of 5 South American countries, which surprisingly, nobody could name (?).  History lesson appreciated Matt.

President Ken did know that Todd Rundgren is opting out of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  If you like old school rock and roll with great harmonies listen to his first album with his band Nazz-self-titled “ Nazz.”

Our guest speakers were Kathleen Ashton and Kiersten Elzy-Loving  from the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.  Anissa introduced them and was lauded for her family’s support of the museum by Museum board member JM Brown.  The speakers talked about and presented a slide show of the history of the museum and some of its exhibits.  The talk and photos were very informative and Kathleen and Kiersten are engaging and fun.  Santa Cruz is a treasure trove of fossils from 3 distinct geological eras.  No jokes allowed comparing the ages of club members.  The museum is an under-appreciated resource and club members are urged to spread the word about it and support it.

In that vein, there was much enthusiasm for a club field trip to the museum once the club decides (based on medical advice) that in person gatherings are safe enough. 

 

 

 
 
The September 9 virtual meeting was attended by 17 people via Zoom. President Elect Kendra presided as President Ken was allegedly doing something court-y.  All indications are that it was a great improvement and a coup might be beneficial.
 
Mardi gets a gold star for attending from Peru.  Al gets a star for leaving early.  Julie would get a fine for leaving early but it might end up in President’s Ken’s bill. 
  
There were no announcements.  However, as per the newsletter item, Second Harvest is looking for volunteers for the food distribution 9/24 from 830 am to 1 pm at the fairgrounds.  Michele B is coordinating but on-line sign ups are available.  Anyone over 12 can volunteer.  It would be nice to have a good turnout from our club.
 
As per Julie’s email- many folks are behind on their dues and fines, and we need them to get the accounts current. 
 
Kelly N was the detective and asked questions about Rotary.  A team effort led to recitation of the 4 Way test and its history.  Especially impressive- Craig knew it was established in 1932 and Gram knew it was created by Herbert Taylor.
 
Our guest speaker was our own Yvette Brooks, a true Renaissance woman. 
She is  not only a club member but also the Mayor of Capitola and Executive Director of Your Future is Our Business (YFIOB). YFIOB  is a Santa Cruz County-based non-profit focusing on linking schools in our county  with businesses to expose students to career options and provide education bridging the gap between school and employment. YFIOB provides speakers, expos and panels to elementary, middle, high school and post-secondary students and provides avenues for students to interact with professionals and get hands-on work experience.
 
The board meeting is this Thursday at 11, still working on whether it will be by zoom or in person.  The lunch meeting will be via Zoom- informal chatting at noon, meeting commences at 1230.
 
We miss our members, so please contact members who may have technology issues and see what can be done to help them out.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our September 2d meeting was all Zoom as we observe the protocols set out by the County and medical professionals.  We had about 25 attendees.  Guests included Soquel High scholarship recipient Jennifer Rocha, Joni Stokes and (technically) Lowry Fenton.
 
The welcome song was not attempted.  As past efforts showed, Zoom only plays one voice at a time so when 25 people sing the result was a jumbled series of single voices each getting in a few words while the yellow box highlights jumped around the screen like the beginning of Hollywood Squares.   Maybe we can have a solo act and everyone else lip syncs?  I sound better that way….
 
There were no announcements because President Ken forgot to mention that Second Harvest is still looking for volunteers for food distribution at the fairgrounds from 830-1 this Friday, as well as Sept. 24.   Sign up on line or contact Ken or Michele Bassi.
 
We received an invitation from the District to participate in raising funds for wheelchairs.  The club has donated in the past, and Doug Deaver went to Mexico a few years ago to participate in the actual presentation of the wheelchairs to some of the recipients.  All who spoke about it said it is a worthy cause.  More information about it will be forthcoming.
 
Detective Dagmar educated us all with a timely set of questions about Labor Day.  Not as entertaining as her wiener-themed queries but well-researched.
 
Our speaker was Michelle Frampton, who was introduced by Anissa.  Michelle spoke and showed a video about BirchBark, a non-profit organization founded by veterinarian Merrianne Burtch in 2013. The goal of the organization is to promote the bond between humans and animals. There are 31 participating veterinary partners in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties.
 
BirchBark provides 3 services.  First, it provides financial support for people/families faced with unaffordable vet services whose pets have treatable conditions.  Those in need apply for financial assistance which generally takes 2-3 hours.  If approved, Birch Bark pays 50%, the family pays 20%, and the other vets contribute 30%.   This allows the pets to receive the services to heal them when otherwise the tragic alternative would be euthanasia.
 
Second, BirchBark provide grief counseling and support for people who have lost their pets. 
 
Third, BirchBark offers education to people in holistic and proactive  ways to be the best caregivers and advocates for their pets.
 
Michelle said that due to the pandemic and fires the need for BirchBark’s services has doubled.
 
BirchBark is entirely funded by donations.
 
 Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting, which will also be via Zoom.
 
 
 
 
The 2021-22 Community Grant Application is now open.  The deadline to submit a grant application is September 30, 2021.  The following link provides the cover letter, grant application, and scoring matrix that will be used to evaluate the application.   
 
 
To the Grants Committee,
 
The Grants Committee will meet this Thursday at 11:00 AM via ZOOM to launch the Grants Program for this year.  We will use the club ZOOM link and pass code for that meeting.  While we are ready to receive applications, the Board needs to close the 2020/2021 year and let us know how much money we have for grant awards.  The next regular board meeting should be on September 9th.   
 
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By Nelson Crandall
 
 
Bob Curtis with his granddaughter, Monique.
 
Robert (Bob) Curtis recently terminated his membership in our club after almost 40 years due to failing health.
 
Bob joined our club at age 46 on April 27, 1983, with the classification of Appraiser Services. Bob’s wife of 50+ years, Klo Ann, remembers Thursdays as one of the best days of week for Bob. He would come home with news about the speakers and the other members, always getting a lot out of the meetings. When traveling, Bob kept up his attendance by visiting other clubs. He would talk about Rotary with anyone.
 
Club members think of Bob as a steady, quiet, warm presence. Dave Andrews, who worked with Bob professionally (Dave was a loan officer for a bank), had confidence in Bob’s appraisal skills and used his services on many occasions. Dave enjoys comparing reading lists with Bob, who is particularly interested in U.S. history. Bob always asks about Dave’s backpacking adventures.
 
Bob similarly asks about Craig Bagley’s work as an architect. At Rotary meetings they would often reminisce about their lives before moving to Silicon Valley and then upgrading to our paradise by the sea.
 
When active, Bob especially enjoyed Rotary’s service projects, including working the 4th of July beer booths, selling tickets at the Laguna Seca car races, helping on beach cleanup days, judging the Rotary speech contests, and setting up for fundraisers.
 
Bob considers Rotary to be a big part of what made him who he is. Bob maintained his Rotary membership for years after health issues prevented him from participating actively.
 
Bob, the entire club, including those of us who never got to know you, wish you well and thank you for your years of service. Our community and the world are better places because of it.
 
 
The Hub
Meeting of August 26, 2021
By Nelson Crandall
 
Featured Presentation: Dr. Julie Macecevic, of Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center.
Dr. Julie Macecevic (Anissa’s boss!) was the featured speaker. A summary of her presentation appears below.
Dr. Macecevic on Zoom and a snip from the Walnut Ave. web page
 
Back to Zoom ☹
In light of rising infection rates and the pending indoor mask mandate, we returned to Zoom-only participation. Twenty club members participated, with Bill Witmer disguising his appearance with the pseudonym “iPhone.” Back to Zoom meant no club song. Darn it. Sam Nigh was looking forward to teaching us to sing the Four Way Test song!
 
Thought of the Day, courtesy of Art Deaver.
Your body is not a temple, it is an amusement park! Enjoy the ride.
 
Mardi the Detective.
Mardi Padilla asked for volunteers to tell the club the name and breed of their favorite dog in recognition of National Dog Day. Can you match the dog with the owner? Answers below.
 
Owner
Name and Breed of Dog
  1. Anissa Novak
  1. Abby, a golden lab
  1. Becky Peters
  1. Charlie
  1. Julie Lambert
  1. Coco, a schnauzer – peke mix
  1. Laura Grinder
  1. Heidi, a dachshund
  1. Mardi Padilla
  1. Max and Hans, dachshunds
  1. Michele Bassi
  1. May Blossom, a basset hound
  1. Rich Hamlin
  1. Solo, a collie
  1. Win Fernald’s granddaughter Cora
  1. Zach, a German shepherd
 
In recognition of National Toilet Paper Day, Mardi fined herself and confessed that she hoarded TP when shelter-in-place began, but only Laura Grinder joined her as a co-confessor. No one else could find any TP for sale! Mardi also fined Kelly Nesheim and Nelson Crandall in recognition of their 56th and 37th anniversaries on the 28th and 25th of August, respectively. And by popular demand, Rich Hamlin was fined $20 for practicing his golf stroke while Mardi was talking.
 
Featured Presentation
Our guest speaker, Dr. Julie Macecevic, gave an inspiring and eye-opening talk on how Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center offers education and advocacy services to break the cycle of poverty in the Santa Cruz area.
 
These statistics Dr. Macecevic cited stand out:
 
1. Domestic Violence is Widespread.
  • 40% of child abuse victims report domestic violence in the home.
  • Domestic violence is a major precursor to child fatalities from abuse or neglect.
  • Santa Cruz law enforcement report 5,000 domestic violence-related calls annually.
  • Research on the rate at which domestic violence is NOT reported leads to the conclusion that on average, there are 23 instances of domestic violence in Santa Cruz County each day.
 2. The Financial Cost of Preschool. In 33 states and the District of Columbia, the annual cost of infant daycare is greater than the cost of in-state tuition at a four-year college.
 
3. The Benefit of Preschool to the Child. Research shows that children who attend preschool are more likely:
  • to complete high school without suspension;
  • to never be suspended, addicted, or arrested; and
  • to be employed full-time or self-employed.
Walnut Avenue offers comprehensive preventative and therapeutic services to families at risk for, or surviving, domestic violence.
Walnut Avenue’s Early Education Center helps children ages 0-5 to be socially and emotionally ready to enter the K-12 school system while allowing their parents to focus on their career or get advanced skills training.
 
 
Thank you, Walnut Avenue, for helping to give these children privileges and opportunities most of us can take for granted!
 
Answers to quiz: A5 B8 C6 D2 E3 F7 G4 H1
 
 
 
 
Once again we had a hybrid meeting with approximately 25 people in person (masked unless eating) and about ten Zooming in.
 
Julie Lambert brought two visiting Rotarian (very active members of the Carmichael club) friends and fellow Oregon State Beavers—Vicky and Jay Boatwright. They are here camping at Sunset Beach and from all appearances they are none the worse for wear even though they have been ‘roughing it’.  
 
Excellent news!  Lowry Fenton has filled out an application to join our club.  More to follow…
 
Bill Witmer is our Foundation chair. He will be spending the next few months asking club members for their Rotary International Foundation contribution.  It is time to make your RI contribution so let’s make it easy for Bill.  Make your checks out to Rotary Foundation and mail or give to Bill.  John Fisher (RIP) always encouraged double sustainer amount of $200 but do what you can.  
 
Julie Lambert was our detective and asked questions related to college in honor of the Boatwright’s attendance. A little known fact: only 41% of the student population actually graduate in 4 years!  The average student debt after 4 years of college is a whooping $29,900.00 
 
No welcome song but we did sing a delightful Happy Birthday to our future club President, Laura Grinder. 
Dagmar Leguillon announced the September 18th Coastal Clean-up Day. Anyone can volunteer. Just go to the beach and clean. There will be NO club clean-up on that day.
 
Win Fernald announced he is starting the grants process by having all applications in by the end of September. The grants application will be on Capitola Aptos Rotary.org for downloading. Our grants program will be November 11th.
 
Dr. Art is cautioning everyone regarding the rapid spread of the Delta variant. The next day the county announced required masking while indoors. The long and the short of it is that we are going back to Zoom meetings for the foreseeable future. It was so nice seeing everyone in person but we need to stay safe. Use N95 or KN95 masks as they provide the best protection.
 
Thought for the day by Dr. Art: “Don’t ask what you can do for your country, ask what’s for lunch”.
 
Our speaker was Larry Mabrey, who once was a circus ringmaster but is now Managing Director of the Santa Cruz Shakespeare Festival which is running now and until August 29th. (Photo). Larry has been a theatre professional for over 35 years in cities across the US. Previously he was Executive Director of Circus Flora in St. Louis, MO, Executive Director of West Virginia Public Theatre and was the co-founder and producing artistic director of Avalon Theatre Company. A California native, Larry returned to the state last year when he joined Santa Cruz Shakespeare as managing director one month before the pandemic.

 
Larry summarized the plays they produced this season which included an adaption of King Richard and Agitator, a play about Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglas.  He explained the covid precautions taken for live performances. These performances take place at the outdoors Audrey Stanley Grove near DeLaveaga Golf Course.  They ran with half capacity (200 instead of 425 seats) and had sold out crowds. Masks are encouraged. 
 
Larry described all the many wonderful services they are providing on-line and to children. I encourage you to go on their website to get all the glorious details. wwwsantacruzshakespeare.com. Consider becoming a member!

 
Pam Goodman
Club Hub Cub
 
 
 
Last week’s meeting was attended by about 24 members in person and a few folks on zoom.  Kendra, Nelson and Mardi ran the show like a Hollywood crew; it’s only a matter of time before they will be nominated for Oscars. There are still some problems with the audio but that is being worked on- the board authorized the purchase of a good microphone.
 
Lowry Fenton was our guest that we hope decided to join our club!
 
Dr. Dover gave a brief reminder that the delta variant is causing covid surges even in highly vaccinated countries so we must, at a minimum, continue to wear masks except when eating and observe social distancing where possible, even in the close confines of our Seascape dining room. 
 
Other clubs in Santa Cruz County are doing hybrid meetings. Silicon Valley and other Bay Area clubs where there are mask mandates are returning to zoom only.
 
Sam again led the Welcome Song soloing on guitar, this time with a rock and roll rendition that would have made Chuck Berry jealous.
 
Michele Bassi and Bill Witmer presented a Paul Harris award to Sgt at Arms Craig Bagley for his charitable contributions.  This was Craig’s 4th Paul Harris award. Bill reminded us that the Paul Harris foundation was started with $27 in 1916 and since has raised billions for the fight against polio.  
 
 
Dagmar gave a cheerful recap of the Beach Cleanup, including a count of the debris club members picked up and the camaraderie of trash collectors.  She also disparaged the club President by suggesting that his large haul of recyclables was stolen.  Not so.  Age and decrepitude notwithstanding, and assisted by his daughters 2 intrepid dogs, your President risked life or at least dignity by retrieving cans and bottles from the treacherous bluff slope.  Hold your applause, it’s part of the job description.  Next time he will wear the Rotary flag as a cape.
Dagmar also needs a co-chair to help her on the membership committee, volunteers are encouraged to contact her or President Ken.
 
Rich was the Detective:  true or false: he asked true or false questions about events that occurred in August, going back centuries?  The worst question/answer was whether Eugene Diesel got the patent for the diesel engine in August 1898 the answer- false, it was his brother, Rudolf.  Seriously?  $5 Rich.  A better question would have been whether Rudolf Diesel ran his engine on peanut oil at the 1900 Paris World’s fair…..
 
President Ken asked for volunteers at Second Harvest’s food giveaways at the County Fairgrounds.  They are 9am-1pm on August 20, September 10, and September 24.  Michele Bassi added that the giveaways are drive-up so covid exposure is minimal.  Please contact Ken if you are available and interested.
 
Stan Abraham attended his third meeting in a row and felt compelled to explain his thrice blessing of our Rotary congregation with his presence by sort of accurately recounting the uh, inducements (threats is too strong a word)  made against him by President Ken during an attorney-client privileged conversation…..
 
 
Thanks to Pam and Dr Art for joining efforts to write about the Speaker!
Our speaker today was Dr. Tanyss Munro. Dr. Munro and her husband Gem co-founded the Amarok Society which expands educational opportunities for children and their mothers. They began in Canada with disadvantaged persons, and she spoke to us today about her work
in Bangladesh – a chronically impoverished country wedged between eastern India and Myanmar, below Nepal.

Most of the world’s population growth occurs in Asia. Bangladesh is a very over-populated, Islamic majority country that suffers regular flooding from snow melt in the Himalayas and tropical storms that go north from the Bay of Bengal. The capital Dhaka suffers from severe
crowding, infectious diseases, malnutrition, and year-round heat with chronic air pollution.
The Amarok Society is working to educate children in the megaslums of Dhaka, where children have little opportunity to receive an education. Dr. Munro explained how the Society developed a new model of education to help break the cycles of illiteracy and poverty, and
concurrently empower women and girls to overcome generational and cultural oppression including child marriage, child labour, sex trafficking and opposition to education for girls and women.
Her talk was entitled “Making the world worthy of children.” The goal is teaching mothers to teach the world through their children. One in 3 children is illiterate. Amarok provides “shadow education” after-school teaching by mothers who are recruited to teach them.

Amorak’s “Mothers of Intention” projects train mothers to be teachers. Each teacher then teaches 25 students in her neighborhood. The children receive co-ed education, which they never would experience in the public schools in Dhaka. They are taught human rights, peace, and tolerance. The results demonstrate changes in literacy, attitudes and greater age at marriage. Many young children go forward to high school and college and have improved opportunities for employment. Many contribute to their neighborhoods to pass along what they have learned to younger generations.

The program has also resulted in shifts of cultural and institutional opposition to education for girls and women. In Amarok’s programs, mothers are the teachers and girls and boys are taught in the same classes. Men and boys are now pleased that women and girls are
receiving an education. Many Rotary clubs support the work of this phenomenal and inspiring organization.
Ms. Munro was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work.
Photo of Dr Tanyss Munro
 
Dr. Art Dover won the raffle!.  He did not audibly announce his intentions of spending it, but he sure will be having fun
 
Perhaps heeding Kelly’s diplomatic inquiries, Seascape actually prepared more food than we ate- there was 8 inches of pork roast and a few lbs of mashed potatoes left.
 
Hunter, the very nice young man who has been serving us, said that he could not provide to go boxes because the law prohibits that for banquets; they can’t even donate it.  President Ken checked with his cousin the catering manager and she confirmed.  Julie Lambert “McGyvered” her way around that by stacking the plate she had left at Keith’s house and walking out the back door .  Apparently it’ s OK if people bring their own to go boxes but we should be discreet about it.
 
 
Per Kendra: Please remember that if you have marked "TBD" as your answer for a meeting date,  edit your form with your updated "yes or no" answer. If no update is made your TBD will be counted as a "no" and Seascape will not prepare a meal for you.
 
We have only two more weeks of the August RSVP Form and then a new link will be provided for September. 
 
 
 
 
 
ROTARY IN ACTION
 
 
The Capitola-Aptos Rotary club sponsored a summer beach clean up on Rio Del Mar Beach on August 7, 2021. There was a great turn out with over 25 adults, 3 kids and numerous dogs that scoured the beach collecting in excess of 30 pounds of garbage and a huge bag of recyclable bottles and cans. Ken Gorman won the prize for most recyclables bringing in what must have been a very good beach party worth of beer cans and bottles and Nelson Crandall found the most unusual item- a miniature jaw bone with very sharp teeth, we are still waiting on forensics on this!! We had numerous active members of the club and also members that we haven’t seen in a while like Claire and Rich McAdams as well as several guests that all enjoyed a morning out on the beach in the fresh Seacliff air! The event was made complete after the beach clean-up with some fun refreshments provided by Michele Bassi and freshly picked apples along with plenty of good friendship.
 

The next beach clean-up will be our spring clean-up in April 2022, so keep an eye out for the date and come join the fun while giving back and helping to preserve our local beaches.
 
 
 
 
Meeting of August 5th
By Pam Goodman
 
This was a one of a kind experimental meeting that required all hands on deck to put it in place. Our first ever ‘hybrid’ meeting—in person or on Zoom and it worked famously, especially with help from Kendra, Nelson, Ken and his able assistant, Hilary who is far beyond capable.
(Nelson Crandall setting up)
 
A visiting Rotarian from Los Gatos morning club, Sanjay Khandelwal was checking us out as he now works from home near the summit. Let’s hope he was impressed! 
 
Our Friend Marie Moseley was with us as well, her first visit since March 2020! 
 
Craig Bagley, our Sargent at Arms, was the first one to the meeting as in his words ”I wanted to make sure the meeting was going to run smoothly”.  It did indeed, Craig.  Thanks for your dedication!
 
Trisha Glassey brought Edie Stein to our meeting via Zoom.  Edie is a Soquel High School and took time took time from her leadership orientation at school today to talk to us about the RYLA experience this summer.  The program was "Leading with LUV" for Location, Unlearning and Learning, and Vision and Voice.  When asked  about the location theme,  she said it was about being a better leader by finding happiness and peace by going to locations you love.
 
Dr. Art did not have a thought for the day as he “left it at home”. 
Sam told a very familiar joke (video) then proceeded to play a rip-roaring rendition of the Welcome Song.
(Sam and the Welcome Song)
 
Anissa Novak entertained us as detective, grilling us on little known Olympic factoids. 
 
Dagmar Leguillon announced this Saturday’s Beach Cleanup at Rio Del Mar beach. August 7th at 10 am so be there or be square (or at least missed).
 
 
Our presentation was titled ‘Health and Home: Building Wellness in the Heart of Live Oak’.  The speakers were Leslie Connor, CEO of Santa Cruz Community Health and Laura Marcus, CEO of Dientes Community Dental Care. These are two very smart and capable individuals who (along with MidPen housing) have been the driving force behind plans to build a unique housing facility on Capitola Rd in Live Oak.  This site is breaking ground soon and will have 57 affordable housing units,  a health center and dental facility. Therefore, comprehensive, integrated healthcare will be available for up to 10,000 patients including pediatrics, optometry and behavioral health to name just a few of the services.  The clinics will be built first then the housing.  The entire project should be completed by 2023. 
 
The best news is that we all have the ability to participate in funding this project as there is a $500,000 Challenge Match issued by Carol Fuller in honor of Cynthia Mathews. 
 
It was so exciting to hear of this most innovative and inclusive project.  We were all so very impressed by the vision of our speakers and the tenacity it took to make this project happen. 
 
Dientes, Santa Cruz Community Health, and MidPen Housing are partnering to create 1500 Capitola Road, a vibrant 3.7-acre health and housing complex in the heart of Live Oak. This crucial first step toward increasing access to healthcare and affordable housing in Santa Cruz County will provide healthcare for up to 10,000 patients, along with affordable housing for 157 people.
(Left to right, Leslie Conner and Laura Marcus)
 
 
An announcement/discussion point was made at the end of our meeting that due to Delta Variant, Rotarian's RSVP's are needed more than ever so the board can identify two things; a ) Will members feel comfortable attending in person meetings at Seascape and b ) if they are, we need an updated head count since we need 15 confirmed, RSVP'd Rotarians by Sunday night in order to have the meeting as a hybrid and not go to Zoom Only. 

To accomplish this update you can either email Kendra and/or Ken, OR go into the Google Form and update your answers to reflect whether your opinion has changed on in person attendance, and then add to the comments whether you feel comfortable still attending as an in-person at the "hybrid meeting" or whether you will go Zoom, due to health concerns. 
 
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Pam Goodman
Hub Cub
 
 
Dear Friends of Our Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club
 
In order to keep everyone safe during this pandemic we are having a hybrid meeting tomorrow Thursday August 5th starting at 12:15pm. Below you will find the link and password to log in as well as the meeting ID and number in case you would like to call it in. 
For whom are attending the meeting in person at Seascape Golf and Country Club (610 Club House Dr, Aptos) please bring a mask, practice social distance and enjoy your time with us and your lunch. 
 
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Meeting of July 29, 2021
By Nelson Crandall
 
Featured Presentation: Cabrillo College Name Change
The featured speaker for the meeting was club member Matt Wetstein, President of Cabrillo College. Matt was joined in his presentation by Governing Board members Adam Spickler and Christina Cuevas. Cabrillo Assistant Superintendent/VP Instruction Paul de la Cerda was also in the audience. A summary of their presentation appears below.
Left to Right: Cabrillo College Asst. Superintendent/VP Instruction Paul de la Cerda, Governing Board members Adam Spickler and Christina Cuevas, and club member and Cabrillo President Matt Wetstein.
 
Introduction of Visitors
Following the pledge of allegiance, President Ken called for visiting Rotarians to introduce themselves. In addition to perennial visitor Constantin Gehriger, we welcomed Santa Cruz Rotarian Larry Wallerstein. Matt Wetstein introduced his three colleagues from Cabrillo College, Dr. Art Dover introduced his grandson, Noah, and Dave Watkins introduced his frequent guest, Sebastian. 
 
Left to right: Visiting Rotarian Larry Wallerstein, Dr Art's grandson Noah, Dave Watkins's guest, Sebastian Lopez.
 
Club Song
For the first time since March 2020, Al DeCamera and Sam Nigh led the club in a rousing rendition of the Club song. So enthusiastic was the crowd that they reprised the final chorus twice following inspired instrumental improvisations.
 
 Al DeCamera and Sam Nigh leading a rousing rendition of the club song.
 
The fun was especially unexpected because Seacliff had said they would no longer provide use of their piano, forcing Al to lug his keyboard and amps to the meeting. After months of frustrating attempts to sing the club song on Zoom, our first in-person meeting last week had to settle for an anemic acapella version when Al didn’t have what he needed to set up.
 
Chaminade Aug. 15 Brunch & Silent Auction Tix Auction Benefitting Walnut Ave. Center.
At Immediate Past President Michele’s request, guest Adam Spickler presented the club with two tickets to the August 15 fundraising brunch and silent auction for the Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center, which our club is sponsoring. Michele asked Al to auction the tickets to the members on the spot, and Al rose to the occasion, raising $140. For more information about the event, go to wafwc.org
 
Featured Joke, courtesy of President Ken.
A lexicology professor was explaining to his students that in many languages, a double negative remains a negative. In other languages, a double negative is a positive. In no language, however, is a double positive a negative. To which a voice in the back responded, “Yeah, right.”
 
Introduction of the Board.
President Ken introduced most of the new Board members in addition to himself: Immediate Past President Michele Bassi, Co-Presidents Elect Kendra Cleary and Laura Grinder, Secretary Nelson Crandall, Treasurer Julie Lambert, Membership Chair Dagmar Leguillon, Rotary Foundation Chair Bill Witmer, Club Foundation Chair Al DeCamera, Service Projects Chair Art Dover, Grants Chair Win Fernald, Public Image Chair Mardi Padilla, and Sergeant-at-Arms Craig Bagley.
 
Ken especially recognized Mardi for her work on upgrading the club website and encouraged everyone to visit it.
 
Al the Detective.
Demonstrating his flexibility once again, Al handed out fines to the following people with the following excuses for Al’s being unprepared: President Ken for his self-deprecating humor, Nelson for his off-key rendition of For She’s A Jolly Good Fellow at Michele’s nondebunking, Kelly for abandoning Nelson in that attempt, Craig for something having to do with badges, Trish for her 11 p.m. reminder that Ken had detective duty, Sam for enjoying himself camping in the Trinity Alps, and Dave Watkins for complaining about the chipper under his window in the property Al’s firm manages.
 
Home for a Lost Hat.
The previous week, Keith brought in a hat left at his house on the occasion of the nondebunking, but no one claimed it. This week, Becky was able to claim it and is happily reunited with it. Becky, write your name in the hat!
 
        Becky Peters claimed her lost hat!
 
Featured Presentation: Opening Acts
Before getting onto the subject of changing the name of Cabrillo College, Cabrillo President Mat Wetstein discussed the college’s response to COVID-19 and the ongoing housing shortage.
 
COVID-19 Impact on Enrollment. Last year, only 20% of the college’s courses were in-person. The college hopes to increase that to 50% in the fall and be back to normal (whatever that may mean) in the spring. Following the lead of the UC and State College systems, vaccinations will be required, with limited exceptions upon good cause shown. Matt observed that the inability to meet in-person disproportionately affected the poor, Hispanics, and residents of the south county, leading to a 25% drop in enrollment last year.
 
COVID-19 Impact on Health. Matt reported that only 12 faculty and staff were infected with COVID-19 last year, which he attributed to strict implementation of protective guidelines. Most of the infections were attributed to non-campus exposures. Of the college’s 10,000 students, the campus health center administered 226 COVID-19 tests, 45 of which were positive.
 
Federal and State Financial Relief. The college has received $16 million in federal relief. The bulk of it will be spent on equipment, including computers for faculty and students and upgraded HVAC systems better able to keep classroom air pathogen free. $2.7 million will be used for direct student aid in the form of relieving students of $700,000 in accumulated debt for defaulted registration fees that prevent them from continuing their education and direct unrestricted grants of between $1,000 and $1,500 each. Matt observed that the cost of equipment upgrades is rising as multiple institutions compete for the same scarce resources.
 
Housing. Last year, 22% of the college’s students report that they were homeless or getting by without a settled housing situation. This budget year, the state has set $2 billion aside for community college housing. The college has started to study the feasibility of erecting student and faculty housing on campus. It hopes to complete the study this school year.
 
Featured Presentation: Name Change.
Christina Cuevas reported that the college’s governing board was presented with petition from 100 members of the college community  asking to change the name from Cabrillo because of the history of its namesake. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo is best known for his explorations of the west coast of North America on behalf of the Spanish Empire. His critics allege that he amassed the wealth needed to undertake these explorations by exploiting indigenous South Americans as slave laborers and sex workers, and that the consequences of such exploitation manifest themselves as generational poverty to this day.
 
In response to the petition, the governing board appointed Adam and her to a subcommittee to develop a process to explore the name change. They created an advisory taskforce of stakeholders to assist in the process, which met from October 2020 through June 2021. Relying on the work of other educational institutions named for slaveholders and other alleged perpetrators of human misery, the subcommittee and task force generated a set of guidelines the investigation process will follow, with key values being a methodology that is inclusive and educational in approach. More information is available at https://www.cabrillo.edu/governing-board/name-exploration-subcommittee
 
Following the adoption of the guidelines, the college has offered a series of educational events focusing on Juan Cabrillo the man, the persons and process that led to naming the college after him, and criticism of Cabrillo. Facilitated by Zoom attendance, the audience was polled before and after the presentations. In all the presentations, the percentage of persons favoring a name change rose as a result of the presentation. In one case, the percentage rose from 25% to 51%.
 
The next step will be a series of meetings in which the public will be invited to express their views, followed by a recommendation.
 
Matt did not address the question of how the cost of a name change will be weighed against the perceived benefit of ceasing to honor Cabrillo and the perceived harm of continuing to honor Cabrillo. This question also was not raised in the 10 minutes of Q&A following the presentation. Most of the audience questions focused on the fairness of judging a 16th century personage by 21st century morality. In response, Matt paraphrased the philosophy of 18th century philosopher Emmanuel Kant: The ill treatment of a human being is always wrong and should always be condemned.
 
How would YOU apply the 4-way test to this controversy?
The Capitola Aptos Rotary Club will be meeting again in person beginning Thursday July 8th.  Please join us at the Seascape Golf Course, 610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos, CA.  The room opens at noon with the meeting starting at 12:30pm.  We welcome guests that are interested in learning more about Rotary and our club.
 
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