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Our September 15 lunch meeting was at Seascape, which is noteworthy because owing to a recent conflagration alternate venues are in short supply.
We had 22 members in person, Jimmy and Sue on zoom.

Kendra presided and has glided into the role with far more class and ease than her predecessor (says the IPP, not referring to previous CPOM!).

Dr. Art, consensus nominee for Man of the Year (write-in for Man of the Decade) gave the thought for the day: to do well in old age we have to start early.  Not sure what that means but your author started drinking at 16 and hopes that counts.

It was also Dr Art's anniversary, so much to celebrate.

Al played the Welcome Song on his portable keyboard because apparently the space occupied by upright piano intrudes on the maximum occupancy of the porch, hence it once again was somewhere else.  Al's rendition was, as usual, rousing and celebratory.
We had a teasing moment of Kelly's keyboard skills as well, as he tickled the ivories with a few chords of Louie Louie.  He was not asked why, when given the opportunity to expose  his largesse as a pianist, he chose such a short piece.

Dr. Art increased  his Renaissance Man cred by also being the detective.  Noting that our club is white as homogenized milk, and no doubt drawing from his days in Chicago, Dr. Art asked the club members to name dead black female singers.  The members knew many.
Perhaps we could add a song from Billie Holliday,  Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith or Tammi Terrel in addition to (instead of?) the 4 Way test song?  Sam, Al, Kelly?

By informal consensus there will be walks/hikes through Nisene Marks Park leaving from Ken's house on the mornings of Oct. 9 and 30.  The walks will be followed by re-hydration at Ken's house.  Ken will supply the hydrants, participants are asked to donate generously to Rotary.
Start time will be 10ish.  Length will depend on the abilities of the attendees. More details will be worked out as folks commit.

There were 7 birthdays- leading to the question, what happened in 40-70 years ago on January 15?  The Super Bowl used to be played in the 2d-3d week in January until about 1979, but otherwise.....?

Bill Witmer brought pledge cards for the Rotary Funds- everyone make sure to donate- thanks to Bill's strong-arming/persuasion/charm (not his uncanny resemblance to fellow Bostonian White Bulger) we have been at100% participation for years.  Better contribute if you know what is good for you.

Michele bought us up to speed on the Second Harvest Willy Roast: We need sponsors and auction items. The event is likely to sell out so get your tickets now.

Next Saturday (Sept. 24)  will be busy: beach cleanup at Rio Del Mar at 10 am and a Happy Hour at  Michele’s house in Keith’s honor 4-7.  This is an either/or.

Oct 27 will also be busy: the District Governor will be visiting and we understand taking a kinder and gentler approach to motivation and leadership We will also have a Board meeting and a Foundation meeting.

Kendra advised that Santa Cruz Rotary is celebrating its 100 year anniversary with a gala in the evening of 10/22, and Freedom Rotary is holding their fundraiser called Uncork Corralitos at Aladdin Nursery earlier that same day.   (Lack of coordination perhaps?!)  Uncork Corralitos venue is right next to El Vaquero winery.  Contact Kendra about tickets and wearing tuxedos to the grand event at the nursery, or call the Rudy  Giuliani campaign....    (DG Savita and other 5170 leadership will be attending both, and will wear their black tie attire to the nursery then continue onto Coconut Grove for the Centennial Gala!) 

Our guest speaker was Sierra Schneider, head of the UCSC science internship program.   Her presentation on zoom was informative and inspirational.
The program has been in existence for 14 years and is  now in all 5 divisions at UCSC: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, hence the acronym STEAM.
CrEst is an umbrella organization overseeing several programs and initiatives driven by parents and alums and which seeks to increase opportunities for careers in research and increase diversity in research and are particularly interested in opening opportunities to students from other areas.  Unfortunately, locally, the lack of in-person programs during Covid has severely curtailed participation from students from Watsonville.

Their flagship program is a ten week summer class which places high school students into research labs at UCSC.
Sierra commented that we have recently been beset by two pandemics: one of disease, the other of disinformation.  Teaching students how to learn and research (literally searching again and again) to ascertain the truth is a way to defeat both.
They try to demystify science, as Sierra said, by "pulling back the curtain" and "dipping ones toe" into science.
Remarkably, all students in the program have gone to college.

One of the programs that CrEST sponsors is  Shadow the Scientists, where students literally follow scientists around to learn how do science correctly.  Covid has forced all of those relationships to be remote, but they are still successful.
Others include: "Pajama mode" astronomy where students learn and follow astronomy on-line;  Python and research in computer language tutorial where students learn how to use Python programming to do research; ReComBio which teaches programming for bio research and We Are Stardust which teaches the ways of native sky watchers as well as scientific ways of learning, Global SPHERE network including  Harvard, Cal and  AMNH  Peer to peer-alumni at various colleges, workplaces and alum parents.

Our next meeting, and all of those in the near future, will be at Seascape until further notice.

Hope to see everyone there then!
 
 
 
The Hub
September 8, 2022
 
Our September 8, 2022 meeting was at Seascape Golf Course ran by El Presidente Laura and El Presidente Kendra ran the technology in Secretary Nelson's sted (we wish him a negative Covid test and good health!). 
 
Today we had a Fisher Scholarship recipient, Andrew Morrissey come to the club today to give us an update on his plans after Cabrillo to attend Colorado School of Mines. 
Andrew was familiar to us as he participated in our Aptos High Interact Club and the Richard King Speech Contest! 
 
Andrew (center) pictured with President Laura Grinder (R) and Capitola-Aptos Rotary Foundation's Al DeCamara (L) 
 
 
 
Michele Bassi was Detective for the day standing in for Anissa who had some car trouble en route to Rotary. Michele executed the detective (with credit to Anissa for her idea and plans shared!)  short, sweet and very on topic!  We went table to table and she fined the longest married at each table, and everyone over 20 years had to pay an abbreviated fine!  
 
Then our speaker for the day was Sherry Cassedy to talk about Marriage and her new book called Marriage Unveiled.
 

Sherry Cassedy is a family lawyer, mediator and private judge. She has practiced family law
and mediation for over 35 years in Palo Alto. She has also taught Theology of Marriage at
Santa Clara University, and led marriage preparation and support groups as well as
officiating at weddings. Sherry has been married to her college sweetheart for over 40
years, now living here in Santa Cruz. Drawing on all of her personal and professional
experience with marriage from every angle, Sherry has recently published her first book,
Marriage Unveiled; the Promise, Passion and Pitfalls of Imperfectly Ever After.

 
Author Sherry Cassedy
 
 
 
Our August 18 meeting at Seascape had 22 in person and 2 zoom attendees.
 
Great Big Welcome Back to Jimmy Kutch!!! Congrats on being well enough to join us- always a better event with Jimmy K there. Also nice to see Marie at lunch again – we are hoping she can convince her daughter to join.
 
Kendra Cleary and Jimmy Kutch; Marie Mosely.
 
 
Sam led us in the Welcome Song and 4 Way Test song and we got a taste of Kelly's oompa oompa beat.
 
Dr. Art provided a thought for the day that paraphrased Steven Hawking, who said, “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” Dr. Art’s version left his audience deep in thought.
 
 
It was CPOM Laura's birthday and Sam led us in the Birthday song- happy 54th Madam Co-President. Happy Birthday Laura!!!
 
He wasn't there to refute or deny it. but Graham Stokes supposedly has agreed to succeed Craig as Sgt at Arms. Congratulations?
 
Alexandra Weiss, one of our scholarship recipients, attended via Zoom and was prodded by immediate past president Ken to brag a bit about the things she accomplished that warranted our scholarship. She is delightful and a very deserving and grateful recipient. We wish her all the best.
Trish Glassey and Ken virtually present Alexandra
with her scholarship certificate.
 
Becky announced the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 17 at Seascape. A hat was passed for donations for her walking. Details are online – summary is that the event is at Seascape Park and Resort- registration at 8, ceremony at 9 and walk starts at 9:30 – route is tba.
 
Michele passed out flyers and gave more details about the Willy Roast on November 18. Sponsors are needed for this fun charitable event.
 
By voice vote we elected the at large directors nominated/voluntold by the board (Michele, Dagmar, Dr. Art, Win, Mardi, and Trish), including Graham so he now cannot get out of it.
 
Michele also announced the 9/28 Business Showcase: we need somebody to be in charge or assembling and staffing our booth and recruiting Interacters to volunteer - job descriptions seemed suspiciously easy... we also need volunteers to staff the booth.
 
Sadly, it was announced that former member Bob Curtis passed. His wife passed along their gratitude for our club's thoughtfulness. His memorial will be September 9 at 11 am at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at 9850 Monroe Ave., Aptos.
 
Mardi was recognized for her hard work in arranging for a large, three-part ad for our Club in the Volunteer Recognition supplement in the Saturday, August 13 edition of the Sentinel. Images of the ad page were projected. Two of the parts appear below:
 
 
Nelson was the Detective. He revealed that it was also co-President/birthday girl Laura’s 18th anniversary of joining Rotary. - a well-deserved round of applause. Celebratory drinks to be.....later?
 
Nelson also coined a new acronym – CPOM - Co-President of the Month.... For those not sure how the monthly title will be determined, Laura and Kendra had previously announced that they were alternating months chairing Club meetings and being primarily responsible for Club business. Kendra is CPOM in the odd months, Laura in the even months.
 
Nelson queried the attendees on the identify of non-members of our club who appeared in the event photo below, which ran as the third part of Mardi’s Sentinel ad.
 
 
The members scored about 50%. Without naming names, there were 1 or 2 whom some of us might prefer not to recall....
 
Sandra was asked to tell something about her past that we did not know about. She told us she was from Coalinga, of which she said most people remark, "I've driven through there." She said that one of the events of her childhood was tarantula races held in her driveway. And one wonders why folks didn't stop there....
 
Afterward, Kendra presented Laura with a gag birthday t-shirt.
Presumably, pickleball players get the joke.
 
Our guest speaker was Ashley Bridges, the Director of Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes.
 
 
 
Dr. Art volunteers at Loaves and Fishes every week. He has set up our club to be there 11/23 to help with meals. Everyone is encouraged to lend a hand.
 
Ashely said that Loaves and Fishes started after the Loma Prieta earthquake. It serves meals Mondays thru Fridays noon-3 pm. Our club's last grant to Loaves and Fishes went to support "Pantry on the Go," which provides bags of food for the homeless.
 
Loaves and Fishes addresses food insecurity which affects 1 in 4 residents of Santa Cruz County, and is particularly acute at months' ends. 80% of their clients are in South County. Ironically, many of their clients are farm workers.
 
The organization has 4 full time employees and 1-20 volunteers a day. They provide bags of pre-packed staples and choices for other items.
 
Their major distributions are on Thanksgiving and Christmas and that’s when they need the most help.
 
This year the County did not fund Loaves and Fishes (or many other non-profits) so they will have to draw on reserves.
 
They will also hold their Empty Bowls fundraiser.
 
We look forward to seeing everyone next Thursday!
 
 
 
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By Nelson Crandall
 
Pre-Meeting. Setting up Zoom for the Club meeting at Seascape is like a box of chocolates. I never know what I’m going to find. Will there be a piano? Will there be an American flag? Will the flagpole be larger than the flag itself? Will there be an extension cord? Will there be something to prevent the cord from becoming a tripping hazard? Will there be a table for the projector? The treat this week was two upside tables instead of a flag. The creativity is amazing.
 
Call to Order. CPOM Laura Grinder presided over the August 9 Club meeting. (CPOM stands for “Co-President of the Month.”) Laura started what I hope is a new tradition – acknowledging three members who joined us on Zoom.
 
Thought of the Day. Dr. Art Dover paraphrased Dr. Martin Luther King, who said, “it is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.”
 
Thank You Note. Nelson Crandall shared a lovely thank you note from our scholarship recipient, Celeste Ferreira.
 
Keith's Celebration of Life. Al De Camara announced that Keith Medeiros's celebration of life will be held at Keith's home on Saturday, August 27.
 
Jacob's Heart School Supply Drive. Julie Lambert announced that last week Club members generously pledged $ 1,000 to be matched by the Capitola-Aptos Rotary Foundation for Jacob's Heart. Julie asked that anyone who had not yet made good on their pledge to pay Julie in cash or by check or to pay Michele Bassi by Venmo. 
 
Board Meeting. CPOM Laura announced that the August Club board meeting will be prior to our lunch gathering at 10:45 a.m. next Thursday, August 18 at Seascape Golf Club. Everyone is welcome. 
 
Opening Anthems. We were treated once again to the musicianship of Al on his new, lighter electric piano and Sam Nigh on his resonator guitar. Singing our Club songs is always a highlight.
 
Detective. Co-President Elect Lowry Fenton was the detective of the day. The themes of his trivia questions were saxophones and Africa in honor of our guest speaker who was both a sax player and an Africa scholar.
 
Scholarship Recipient. We were treated to a visit by one of our Club scholarship recipients, graduating Soquel High Interact President Danika Marlatt visiting with her mother, Monica. Danika will be attending Vanderbilt University in the fall. In the photo below, Win Fernald presents Danika with her scholarship certificate.
 
 
Guest Speaker. Thursday’s meeting featured a presentation by David H. Anthony, III, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of African History at UC Santa Cruz.
 
Dr. Anthony spoke at the invitation of Dr. Art Dover. The two bonded when they realized that they both spoke Portuguese.
 
Dr. Anthony confessed that he had just this month completed the complex task of retiring from the faculty at UC Santa Cruz – a process that required him to produce, among other things, his marriage license and other oddities that kept him from providing a topic in advance of our meeting. With no input from him, the topic of his talk was listed as “Racism,” but that wasn’t correct. Not even close, really. So strong are pre-conceived beliefs that when he was introduced as a professor of African History, I heard African American History. But no, his scholarship centered on Africa, not America.
 
Dr. Anthony showed how we are all aware of many of the conflicts that have characterized the African continent. We are also generally aware that colonization and decolonization have played important roles in shaping modern Africa. Dr. Anthony stressed that factors other than conflict – especially language and clan structure – have affected Africa’s evolution. For further reading, he recommended Getting Somalia Wrong?: Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State by Mary Harper (African Arguments, 2012).
 
 
 
National Nonprofit Day was August 13th and we were on the News! Below the article launched in the Sentinel Newspaper
 
 
 
 
The Hub - August 11th, 2022
 
 
 
 
 
 
Field Trip to Second Harvest Food Bank
 
On August 2, 19 Club members met at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville. About 8 of us carpooled. In attendance were Co-Presidents Laura Grinder and Kendra Cleary (Laurda on social media), Co-Presidents Elect Pam Goodman and Lowry Fenton, Michele Bassi, Craig Bagley, Nelson Crandall, Eric Costello, Al De Camara, Win Fernald, Trish Glassy, Dagmar Leguillon, Mardi Padilla, Julie Lambert, Sam Nigh, Anissa Novak, Becky Peters, Kate Southerland, and Matt Wetstein.
 
We gathered in the front patio, enjoying the pleasant weather and beautiful tile wall. Julie pointed out her family’s tile, but it’s not in the picture
 
Sandra, Pam, Win, Laura, Craig, Mardi, and Eric.
 
A sign in sheet was circulating as we arrived. We learned later that as part of its food security protocols, everyone who enters the warehouse must sign in and sign out.
 
The first announcement was that everyone who had parked on the concrete next door was illegally parked. Five of us immediately scampered off to move our cars.
 
Chief Development Officer Suzanne Willis, seen below left thinking “Is he really a Rotarian?”, gave us a tour with a nifty headset and belt-worn speaker to ensure everyone could hear. Brand new CEO Erica Padilla-Chavez tagged along to make us feel important.
 
 
First stop was the warehouse, piled high with canned goods on palate racks. They didn’t have palate racks in 1989, leaving them a lot to pick up when the shaking stopped.
 
Left to right, Suzanne, Julie, Laura, Sandra, Lowry, Trish, Win, Michele, Anissa, Craig.
 
Left to right, Craig, Kate, Trish, Al, Dagmar, Erica, Sam, Sandra, Matt, Suzanne.
 
 
The biggest question on everyone’s mind was, “What is lezinine?” but no one had the nerve to ask out loud. Instead, we learned that Second Harvest acts as a distribution hub rather than as a distribution point. Second Harvest provides food to dozens of organizations that distribute food directly to consumers.
 
From there we moved to a narrow hallway with a 50-year timeline. Who knew that Second Harvest, the nation’s second food bank, was inspired by the Santa Cruz branch of the Black Panthers who were participating the Black Panthers’ nationwide Free Breakfast for School Children Program?  
 
From that narrow hall we moved to the shipping and receiving room and its labor-saving loading docks. Before the loading docks were built, it took half an hour or longer to unload a truck. Now, it takes five minutes.
 
This painting adorns the wall of the shipping and receiving room, along with a warning from the voice of experience:
 
 
 
From there we passed a capacious freezer with a padded roll-up door that opens and closes in the flash an eye; too fast for the camera to capture. With the door open, everyone with exposed skin below the knees could feel the cold air flowing out of the freezer. Next to it was an equally impressive cooler.
 
One of our resident vegans, Dagmar, ironically asked if Second Harvest handled meat. Dagmar, why would you want to know? Yes, Second Harvest handles meat. But not normally turkeys. Who has room for multiple frozen turkeys? (Al said that Sam did, but Sam denied it.) Frozen chickens are about as large as people can handle. Most of the meat is canned and comes through the Department of Agriculture.
 
Next stop was another cooler stocked with strawberries and watermelons, among other things. In answer to questions, we learned that before the pandemic, Second Harvest served around 50,000 persons, roughly 20% of the county’s population. At the height of the pandemic, that figure soared to 100,000 and presently is about 85,000.
 
We also learned that much of Second Harvest’s offerings includes local fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes it is produce that isn’t pretty enough for the retail trade; sometimes it is produce that is too ripe to survive a round trip to a Central Valley distribution center before returns to local shelves.
 
Food that is not good enough for humans is distributed as animal feed, unless there are too many berries. Animals can stand only so many berries. Food not good enough for animals goes to the composing facility in Seaside.
 
All the food Second Harvest distributes is given away for free. Well, almost. Sometimes a non-profit needs a food that Second Harvest does not have in stock, such as peanut butter. In that case, Second Harvest will use its buying power to purchase the item at a deeply discounted price with the non-profit contributing a small portion of the purchase price.
 
After the tour we lunched on deli sandwiches and water in the employee picnic area. The meeting ended promptly on time, with everyone both spiritually and physically sated.
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
Attendance. Our July 21 lunch meeting at Seascape was attended by 20 members and 2 guests in person, 4 members on Zoom, and our guest speaker.
 
Guests. Our guests were attorney Shelli Strohle, whom we hope to see as a member soon; and Marie Moseley's daughter Michelle, who has recently returned here from Texas. Michelle was president of Rotaract at Aptos HS.
 
Happy New Year! The peaceful transition of power is complete: Co-President Kendra hosted and, of course, ran the meeting seamlessly...pretty much..., especially impressive because she had just headed her first Board meeting and timed it perfectly. Co-Prez Laura was sick and attended on Zoom.
 
Welcome Song. Sam and his guitar led us in the Welcome Song and 4-Way Test song. Nelson expressed his immersion in Rotary by telling us he now sings the 4 Way Test song in the shower at home. We will take his word for that. We already have it on zoom at the club
 
Jokes of the Day. Sam also told the joke of the day-which believe it or not, is a true story-about the lawyer who got a $10,000 payout on a fire insurance claim for the cigars he smoked, but then was convicted of arson. We love happy endings.
 
Dr. Art told a joke/warning about not monkey(pox)ing around...
 
Rich added to the mirth with a few jokes that were much funnier than he predicted....one- what does an agnostic dyslexic insomniac do? Lies awake wondering if there is a Dog.
 
New Officers. Kendra convened the clubs' annual meeting, and by voice vote the nominated 2022-23 officers and at large directors were confirmed. Lowrey and Pam are our co-presidents elect. Nelson and Julie will continue as Secretary and Treasurer. We are waiting for someone or two to take over Sgt at Arms for Craig.
Field Trip! Kendra announced that our August 4 meeting will be at Second Harvest, not Seascape.
 
Sunshine Report. Former member and continuing friend Brenda Mee suffered a horrific family tragedy- her husband’s brother-and sister-in-law were killed in a car crash. Condolences and support from her Rotarian friends will be appreciated. She is not in ClubRunner, so Kendra sent an email with her email and phone.
 
Keith Medieros Services. Keith's family sent an announcement about a memorial/celebration of life on August 27 at Keith’s home. Members are checking the details and will report updates.
 
Peruvian Food Festival. Mardi announced that there will be a Peruvian food festival at Seacliff Beach Saturday July 30 11-3pm. She handed out colorful flyers with the details. Food must be pre-ordered. Call Mardi to place your order. Let's support this culinary and cultural adventure!
 
Detective. Mardi was also Detective. She told us about her funny experiences with American junk food (to whet our appetites for real Peruvian food?) She also had some good historical questions -example- the first native American on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?..... Jay Silverheels (Tonto). And, more recently- the Best Band at the 4th of July parade? Sam Nigh's!!!
 
Professor Carrie Partch on Circadian Rhythms. Our guest speaker was Carrie Partch PhD, a biochemist at UCSC, who spoke and presented a power point on Circadian rhythms. (Not to be confused with cicadas, the 17 year locusts....Rich.)
 
Dr. Partch explained that all sun-dwelling life builds its schedule around sunlight cycles. As an example of how photosynthetic lives (plants) do it, she showed a time lapse video of a sunflower "waking up" by opening its leaves facing East, tracking the sun to the West as the day progressed, and closing down its leaves at night to "sleep."
 
Non photosynthetic creatures like humans have developed internal clock schedules.
 
The focus of Dr. Partch's presentation was on humans' Circadian/sunlight rhythms. Some key points:
  • Our Circadian rhythms affect sleep cycle, appetite, and cognitive performance. Melatonin production increases as night falls and decreases dawn-ish. Blood pressure and heart rates also fall at night and rise in the morning.
  • Most people have an approximate 24-hour sleep-wake cycle, but a "chronotype survey" showed a bell graph of people with longer and shorter cycles, some as short as 20 hours. People with significantly shorter cycles can have problems establishing a regular sleep schedule.
  • People with somewhat shorter sleep cycles tend to be early risers, "morning larks." "Night owls" often have longer cycles. These differences may be inherited, particularly a DNA mutation present in about 1 in 75 Europeans where a tail is missing from a key protein. This genetic difference is frequently misdiagnosed as chronic insomnia.
  • Studies on circadian rhythms have shown that certain times of day are optimal for certain activities. Perhaps most important- the time when food is eaten is as important as what is eaten. Snacks at night, for example, are worst because the body is not prepared to digest them. People participating in a study where they were restricted to 10 hour eating periods and only when active lost weight and lowered their blood pressure. An experiment on mice had similar results and showed the inverse as well- mice with unrestricted eating hours gained significant weight.
  • Though most of us have coffee or tea in the morning, caffeine is actually most effective at 1-2 pm.
  • Workouts are best mid-late afternoon for muscle mass; Skin damage is best repaired just before sleep.
Dr. Partch's lab investigates proteins and genes and the molecular basis for Circadian rhythms. The lab purifies protein crystals and subject them to light at Livermore to see how clock proteins fit together in DNA. They hope to assist in the development of therapies to extend circadian clocks that are too short and perhaps alteration of dosages of drugs to increase their efficacy.
 
Don’t Tease the Author. BTW- to those members teasing your author about being on the phone working during the meetings- as shown to Dr. Art and Co-Prez Kendra, I was taking notes for this article (I got my degree in journalism). Mostly....
 
We hope to see everyone in person or on Zoom at Thursday's meeting at Seascape.
 
 
 
 
Our June 30 lunch was at Seascape.  We had 22 attendees in person, none on zoom but it is recorded.
Ralph Miljanich visited us from Santa Cruz Rotary
 
 
Justin Deng was Bill Witmer’s guest.  Justin’s daughter is an Aptos HS recipient of our scholarship this year.  He is recently retired…whatever that word means.
 
Rick Klevins attended his first meeting after the board approved his application.
 
Al led us in the Welcome Song on his keyboard.
 
Nelson brought our projector again so that Seascape won’t try to tag us with a $50 projector fee.
 
Al advised that hours of visiting Bill Weston at Dominican Oaks are 10am and 2pm, NOT 10am to 2pm, as your author wrote in the most recent Hub.
Jimmy Kutch is also newly placed on Injured Reserve as he fell and broke a  hip.
 
Dr. Art provided the thought for the Day.
Nelson told the joke of the day- An oxymoron walks into a bar, the silence was deafening…..thanks Mrs. Clinton….
 
The Board approved the slate of officers for the incoming regime.  We need a volunteer for Sgt. At Arms.  Please talk to Craig about that asap.
 
Dagmar gave the most memorable announcement of the year about the July 9 beach cleanup, which will be at Rio del Mar starting at 10 am.
Showing rousing patriotic fervor, she wore a thong- bikini US flag long t-shirt.  It was suggested that photos of her adoring/adorning the flag be used in our recruitment efforts.
Almost equally as compelling haberdashery- Rotary capes will be available for wearing at the beach cleanup.  Choose your own super-power. 
Dagmar also brought prosecco and offered a toast to outgoing/demoted President Ken- thanks Dagmar and thanks to all the fabulous members who make this club so special.  As Dagmar pointed out- while most other clubs struggle (ironically)  to get members to volunteer for the myriad of activities and offices, our members volunteer willingly and readily, which exemplifies the spirit and purpose of Rotary.  (except Sgt at Arms, come on guys….)  We also need more folks to help break down the beer booth at the end of the 4th of July  afternoon…..
 
 
Kate was the detective and probed the attendees’ knowledge of 4th of July facts, clearly drawing on her skills experience as a teacher.  Overall, members scored a B-.
President Ken can further explain Palsgraff vs. LIRR to anyone significantly bored with life…
 
Our guest speaker was Martha Denny.  Her connections to the club were that she met Anissa drinking (surprise!) and she recognized Dr. Dover because he saved her baby’s life! 
 
Martha owns a local accounting firm.  She is married with several kids.  But her story is far from typical- she escaped  dire poverty in Jalisco as one of 13 kids in a farming family with no beds or running water.  Her Dad worked in the US and sent home spare money. As a child she made trinkets to sell to tourists, her brother sold chiclets.  She was thrilled to be one of the only kids in the family to go to school- in her one pair of shoes and one uniform.  As the efforts to process her applications through US Immigration stalled over years, she was smuggled into the US in the trunk of a car when she was 15.  She graduated with a 4.2 GPA from Aptos HS in 1998 despite never having spoken English before getting  here. 
 
It can take more than ten years to obtain citizenship here. She got her citizenship when she was 30- as a birthday present to herself.
 
Martha spoke movingly about her passion for education and the motivation for her, and many other immigrants, to come to the US because it offers hope and opportunity.  She extolled the virtues of the education system here, and dismay/disappointment at the number of kids and families who do not take advantage of it and do not appreciate the paths to success that are available here.  She also derided stereotypes against Hispanics, noting that they still exist: when she recently treated her 3 Caucasian employees to a spa day in Monterey recently, the spa staff served her employees first- she also was recently told
” You look like you earn minimum wage.”  Ugh.
 
Martha fielded many questions from the members, some of which were about sensitive political and personal topics and engendered engaging discussions.  She showed poise and compassion.  It was surprising that with all of her worldly knowledge, she did not know the answer to Eric’s question- where are chiclets made?  Fun facts- they were made in the US until 2019 (now being made in Mexico).  The name is derived a Mexican/Spanish word derived from an Aztec word meaning sticky.
 
Our next meeting is Jul 6 at Seascape under the new regime of co-President’s Kendra and Laura, neither of which will actually be present that day, how ironic.  So the mice (you) can play while the dictator cats (Kendra & Laura) are on vacation! But be warned, on July 14, Hail to the new Chiefs! 

 
 Also, first board meeting of the new regime will be on July 21, 10:45am. 
 
 
 
Our June 23 meeting had a special venue- the garden court of Constantine’s bed and breakfast, Cliff Crest just a few blocks from the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz.  The weather was perfect as was the ambience on the grass under the trees. 
 
Special thanks to Constantine and his charming wife Adrianna for their accommodation, Kendra and Anissa for their extra efforts in setting it  up and coordinating lunch=deli sandwiches that were perfect for the picnic lunch.
 
Al brought his keyboard and provided some relaxing mood music then led us in the Welcome Song.
 
Al reported that Bill Westin is in room C 107 at Dominican Oaks
He welcomes visitors but it’s best to be there at 10am or 2pm.
 
Keith is at home.  He also accepts visitors but tires easily, so visits should be short and coordinated in advance. 

Constantine told the joke of the day- quite funny but not fit for print
 
Ken was the detective and tested the lunchers’ ability to discern real Rotary fundraisers from fictitious ones.  Hilarity ensued.
 
Constantine was our guest speaker and gave a presentation on the history of the house from its original construction and ownership to his purchase of it and  his transition from chemical engineer to eminent hotelier. 
 
 
Constantine and Adrianna led the guests on tours of the mansion that they have decorated beautifully.  It certainly is a charming property in a great locale with extraordinary owners.
 
President Ken’s debunking was at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club building on June 27.  Hilarity ensued in no small part to the endless supply of material.  The humiliators were of course very funny but appeared to have pulled their punches.  There has been no confirmation of the rumor that legal action was dangled as a threat.
 
This Thursday’s meeting will be at Seascape at noon.  The board meeting will precede it starting at 1045am.
 
Reminder that the 4th of July celebration is on Monday….July 4th….at Aptos Village Park.  All who have not signed up to help- shame on you but seek salvation by attending the fair and spending lots of money at the Capitola Aptos Rotary beer and hard cider booth.
 
 
 

Hybrid Meeting Announcement for 6/23 Rotary: 

Due to the scheduled field trip and logistics, we will NOT be doing a hybrid Zoom meeting on Thursday, June 23rd

Please join us at Cliff Crest Bed & Breakfast, 
407 Cliff St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
There is plenty of onsite parking behind the main house, and we will convene at Konstantin’s B&B at noon! See you all there. 

NOTE Re: Lunch that day: If you have not gotten a Sandwich order to Kendra [[ kcleary(dot)rotary(at)gmail.com ]] by the morning of Weds 6/22, please bring a bag lunch for yourself to the meeting!

Our June 2 meeting was at Seascape. We had 23 attendees in person and 2 on Zoom

Michele announced the signups for our beer and hard seltzer booth at the July 4th festival in Aptos Village Park and passed around a signup sheet.  We need Ms y more volunteers for the shifts which run 4 hours.

President Ken’s debunking is set for June 27 starting 5 pm at the Santa Cruz Yacht club
The committee to nominate the 2022-2023 President(s) elect is meeting and talking to nominees.

Dr Art announced that Loaves and fishes has asked for help in its food drives the week before thanksgiving and week before Christmas. He is going to the Rotary international convention on Houston in July

Sam soloed leading the Welcome song and 4 way test song

Sue Detective.  She asked members to park about:
Where they grew up and what brought them to California 

Joni :  came here to get away from Winters in Iowa though she is still fond of the Hawkeye star

Anissa came here from Endicott NY and got a job at KDON

Bee came here from South Carolina for college, did nursing school back in South Carolina then returned here asap

Kelly is from Seattle.  His family moved to Colorado and decided to move here while spending Winter in San Diego

Laura grew up near Detroit where her family of 9 kids lived in a log cabin and owned an orchard. Visiting an uncle in LA motivated the move to CA.

Win is from Maine and still loves the state except in Winter 

Trish was born in Honolulu when her dad was in the service. She was Raised in the SoCal mountains, came North for UCSC and stayed

Dave born and raised in Nevada. He came To California for college and officer school. Nice to see him back- he is doing well

Dr Art was raised in Chicago and came here because it was too cold to ride his motorcycle 


Our guest speaker was Alexis Carr

The subject of her presentation was sustainable wine

Marcus is from a Santa Cruz farm family zand got her degree in agriculture at UCSC
 
She is an expert, connosieur and entertaining speaker. She also brought 3 bottles of Pinot noir: one from Toyon , one from Sante Arcangelli and the third , for tasting.
 
That certainly did not detract from the enthusiasm of our members
 
Each vineyard is at a different elevation. They all grow organically using sustainable ag practices.
 
She told us that in 1980 CA wines beat out French in comparison so SC mountains became own appellation. There are now several micro climates. Grape growers adapting new grape types for climate change  
She and others are studying  damage from smoke- people can taste smoke in wine
 
Not every grape gets smoke taint, it depends on many factors including where grapes were, when picked. Blanc noir is white wine from red grapes without the skins. Because smoke settles in the skin many producers opted for blanc noir after the 2020 fires.

There is now a glass shortage because much of the sand for wine bottles comes from Ukraine.
She thinks production of box wine may increase because of that and because it is much cheaper to ship because it has much less weight

Laura brought up screw capped wine.
 
Alexis said that screw tops are not indicator of quality, and one advantage of them is that the do not can’t get cork taint.

Dr Art. asked how the drought was affecting growing practices. A nexus said growers are adopting more efficient water usages.

She note that stressed roots, which have not been irrigated, reach deeper into the soul and absorb different chemicals

Alexis said that because of the 2020 smoke damage many wineries didn’t have a vintage

Most don’t have crop insurance.
 
Note from your Prez- I had a few cases where people who were only growing grapes purchased crop insurance but their fire damage claims were denied because grapes aren’t considered crops. WTH?  There was intense disagreement with the insurance companies and agents which sold useless policies 

Not endearing:  on Friday Seascape advised that they were charging us a $8 per bottle corkage fee (discounted from $15) even though Alexis opened the wine and brought the glasses and Ken poured.  It’s not so much $24 but…. And they tacked on $50 for using their projector for zoom- again a surprise 

Some of our scholarship recipients from Aptos high and Soquel high will be at our June 9 lunch at Seascape 
Our June 16 lunch is also at Seascape 
 
Will keep you posted for our June 23 meeting 

Let’s all wish Kendra a full recovery from food poisoning
 
 
 
 
Our April 28 meeting was in the Tap Room at Michael's on Main.  We had about 25 Rotarians plus our guest speaker on site and 2 zoom attendees.
For the non-attendees- the Tap Room is very well lit and airy, high ceiling with a piano that is not subject to random confiscation by the management and a bar.
The walk from the buffet in another room is about the same as at Seascape.
Our guests were Constantine and Anders .  Supervisor Manu Koenig guested from Seascape, unclear as to why he didn't get the memo and attended the meeting physically in his supervisorial district from a venue in Zach Friend's district.

Julie and Lowry reminded all that the Pickle Ball tournament/fundraiser at Willowbrook Park is on May 22.  The suggested donation is $45 whether participating or not.  We are also offering sponsorships for $250.  We are working on the logistics for food and beverages.  Reminder- no alcohol allowed.

Lowry's birthday was April 1.  Much better to be born on April Fool's Day than conceived on it.

Dr. Art's thought for the day was a moment of silence in remembrance of Holocaust Day.  Never Forget.

Al led us in a birthday song to Lowry and the Welcome Song.  He also played some great background tunes while we were socializing before the meeting, inspiring $3 in his tip jar.

There was no joke of the day so your author has a short sub-G rated one- Why did Captain Cook cross the road?  (answer below)

Michele filled in as detective and predictably was marvelous.  The topic was Pickle Ball.  Members knew some of the answers and some myths about the sport were dispelled- good to have clarity in this era of rampant disinformation
Pickle ball was invented 1965 in the state of Washington by Joel and Bill (?) because their teenage sons were bored.  The legend that it was named after a dog named Pickles is untrue- per the inventor, he made that story up.  Because(???) Surprising (and disappointing) that such scandalous revelations have not knocked the Kardashians out of national media prominence. The original equipment consisted of a whiffle ball, ping pong paddles and a badminton net.    There was a debate about the scoring system that will apparently will not be resolved.

Our super-stand in guest speaker was Kaylene (?) who agreed to speak at the last minute when Carrie Partch was injured.  She introduced me to herself by saying "Kaylene, like 'K' and I leaned over."  Really.  It's Gaelic....and that was just the start
 


Kaylene has her PhD in chemistry and has transformed that into a career as a wine expert as a researcher and in consulting and sales.  She was fun, informative and charismatic without any slideshow, power point or even props.
Kaylene is a Santa Cruz native who developed an interest in wine well before legal drinking age but has clearly benefitted from the early start.  (She certainly looks young enough to be carded).
 Her 30 minute presentation ranged from the scientific to the practical and whimsical.  Clearly she loves her work, but then again, who wouldn't? 

Academically, she is researching ways to introduce proteins into wine that do not trigger autoimmune responses.
Professionally, she is the wine director at Deer Park and Seascape and works at a wine lab and as an assistant wine maker
Not surprisingly, she knows Anissa, whose connections are astounding.  During the presentation, Anissa, Julie and Michele sat at a table in the back engaging in an impromptu "lab" regarding the subject of the speech.  Troublemakers always sit in the back.

Kaylene explained  the chemical composition of alcohol.  It mostly ethanol alcohol which is converted from glucose and/or fructose- the residual sugar is what makes a wine sweet or dry.  The natural sugar levels are below human sensory perception but give the same feeling.  The perception of sweetness can come from sugar or the viscosity of the wine.

Wine also has acids, mostly tartaric.  Low acid wines reduce the mouth's production of saliva, are less "mouth watering." High acid wines, like champagne, cut fat. The Ph of white wines is generally around 3.2, reds are 3.5.  The Ph of saliva is 6.8-7.2, which means it is basic. 

Wines also contain phenalics; color compounds which also provide the "drying" sensation perception.

The alcohol in the wine must always be in balance with other ingredients.

Kaylene emphasized that wine selection is personal: what do you like to taste? How does it feel in your mouth? What foods are you planning to eat with it'? what is your price range?  She said, "it's not just what's in your glass and your spit."  A bit more elegantly, she said the selection should be based on how the wine in your glass interacts with your body to make you feel good. 

She noted that some wines taste like dirt and mushrooms- which has its niche clientele, but the source of those taste sensations is not understood.  She did not ask for volunteers for continued research but perhaps that could be explored.

The second highlight of the week was the Uno de Mayo party at Keith's house (please don't ask when it happened).
 
 
 
 
About 30 people attended though President Ken brought liquor for about 60.  There was great food and an abundance of liquid cheer and a good time was had by all.  As befits the duties of President which are otherwise being sorely under-served, your author made frozen daquiris, kamikazees and quarantinis, with great help from Mardi

Inadvertent tragicomedy:  Mardi was bringing a blender and the first blender at Keith's house didn't work so Ken texted Mardi as follows: "SUBJECT Blender;  Keith's died.  Hope you will be here soon."  Mardi did not see the SUBJECT, only, "Keith's died.  Hope you will be here soon."  As though Keith has passed on before his party, but we were carrying on anyway (not sure if that would be as Keith would want it and/or the Capitola Aptos Rotary sprit,  but if that happens with me, please wait to tell the coroner and party on).

Catastrophe averted: Bill and Rita Witmer were hit by a wrong way driver leaving the party but were not seriously injured.  President Ken was accused of ambulance chasing but to be fair, the ambulances were parked.

Today's lunch is at Michael's on Main again.  It is important to be there as we will be deciding whether to make that permanent.

If Manu Koenig contacts anyone, please make sure he is clear this time

See everyone there then.

To get to the Second Hand Store
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our April 20, 22 meeting was a bit lightly attended- 18 people in person, 3 on Zoom. 
 
Sam soloed on guitar and led us through the Welcome Song and 4-Way test song.
 
He repeated his double duty by also being the Joker- reading a few more unfortunately worded but real Church announcements – examples- “At the evening service tonight the sermon topic will be, “What is Hell?” come early and listen to our choir practice.”  “Irving B and Jessie C were married on October 24 in the Church.  So ends a friendship that began in their school days.”  “The 8th graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 pm.  The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.”   Reminds your author, who got his degree in journalism, of some fabulously amiss headlines: “China may be using sea to hide submarines”; “Bodies Found at Morgue”; “Feds Raid Gun Shop, Discover Weapons”;  “Tiger Woods plays with own balls, Nike says. “
 
Constantine was our only non-speaker guest- noted that he has a better attendance records than most of our members.
 
Keith invited folks to show up a bit early to the Cinco de Mayo party at his house this Sunday May 1st to help set up.  As an incentive- he promised that the bar will be open by then.
 
Bill Witmer announced that we reached 100% member contribution to the Rotary Foundation- we are one of the few clubs to do that.  Thanks to all the members and to Bill for his powers of subtle persuasion and thinly veiled threats.
 
Graham announced that several new members have not been formally inducted via their presentation to the club and receipt of their red badges.  If you are one of those folks please contact Ken or Graham.
 
Kendra reminded everyone that this Thursday’s meeting (April 26)  AND next Thursday’s meeting (May 5) will both be at Michael’s On Main in Soquel, regular start times.  If you don’t know where that is- WTH have you been?  In-person attendance is strongly urged since we will evaluating moving our meetings to Michael’s. 
 
Detective Win asked questions and provided informative information about Easter, including the origins of the Easter Bunny and colored eggs, and some disturbing statistics on the number of jelly beans and peeps Americans eat at Easter.
 
Our guest speaker was Megan Durham, a Piatt Scholarship recipient.  She is a 28 year old UCSC student who was born and raised here. She spoke and presented a slide show on her research which involves detecting cancer-causing mutations.  She does DNA sequencing to locate cell mutations at splice sites where the exons are skipped, called incorrect RNA splice sites.  Cells that skip the exons in the DNA/RNA sequencing are suspect for cancer-causing. She grows cells and observes their viability- cancer-causing cells survive much longer than normal cells.  Her research has confirmed her theory and located specific mutations that in turn can be treated with currently-available medications.
Her research is specific to lung cancer cells.  There are 2.1 million lung cancer cases reported worldwide each year, 1.8 million are eventually fatal. 
 
Megan is a very effective speaker- highly intelligent (obviously) but able to bring the discussion somewhat down to our level.  She is also very personable.  It’s obvious that the Piatt scholarship money has been well used. 
 
Megan was introduced by Dr. Peter Biehl, the dean of her department at UCSC.  Dr. Biehl spoke glowingly about education in the USA (he is originally from a small German village) and the influence of clubs like ours.  His story of being the first one from his village to graduate from high school, let alone college, was inspirational.  He was accompanied by Almut Wolf, who is the Assistant Director of Foundation Relations at UCSC.  She is also from Germany and, though she didn’t speak to the club, had some very pleasant and informative conversations at the table.  After the meeting Megan, Dr. Biehl and Ms. Wolf stayed for a bit and told us how much they actually enjoyed our club- we were so much fun, in addition to actually paying attention and asking informed questions.  Yes, we rock.
 
They suggested a field trip to their lab, which seems like a great idea.
 
Please respond to the head count!
 
See everyone at Michael’s (2591 S Main St, Soquel, CA 95073) Thursday and Keith’s on Sunday!
 
 
Our April 14 meeting was attended by 22 people in person and 3 on zoom

Announcements:  the Club's Cinco de May on Uno de Mayo is at Keith's house- parking is tight, bring a dish to share.  Guests are welcome and encouraged.  If you haven’t signed up please do so asap so Keith can plan accordingly.

The club Pickle ball fundraising tournament will be at Willowbrook Park on May 22 from 9-5.  The donation is $45.  We get the courts and adjacent parts of the park so it will be a great day even for the non-players and of course a nice revenue raiser for our charities.   Leashed pets are allowed.

We will be selling beer and probably hard seltzer and wine at the  4th of July party in Aptos Park.  We will need volunteers to help set up, serve/pour and break down. 

Lowry reported that he visited the Kingston NY Rotary and exchanged banners with them.  He had one of theirs but no other proof of his story, which is suspect given the photo attached.
For Revolutionary War buffs- the British burned Kingston in retaliation/anger over the battle of Saratoga.

Michele announced that there will be a fundraising opportunity for the roast of Willy Elliot-McRea, the retiring CEO of Second Harvest, probably in the Fall.

After a brief pause to get in tune, Sam and Al led rousing versions of the Welcome Song and the 4 Way Test.

Sam's Jokes of the Day were readings of several actual announcements sent out by Church service groups with unintentionally funny word juxtaposition that made the messages mean something quite different than the authors intended.  Lack of editing.....

Graham did a great job as Detective with educational and entertaining questions with differing degrees of relationship to Easter, including references to Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter, the Killer Rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Alice and Wonderland's White Rabbit.

President Ken presented Al DeCamara and Bill Gray with their Paul Harris certificates and pins.

Rod Dirdiron was our guest speaker, via Zoom. 
Mr. Dirdiron had been the chair of many transit projects in Bay Area, has held several political offices and has the San Jose transportation hub named after him.
He has been a Rotarian for over 50 years and is now actively involved in Rotary's Climate Action Council.  Climate action has become Rotary's seventh Avenue of Service.  He urged the club to appoint a delegate to the disctrict's council on climate change which meets Mondays at 5pm.  Volunteers?

After a technical glitch heroically solved by Nelson, Mr. Dirdiron presented a series of slides via power point accompanied by his oral explanations and information on climate change.

Some of the highlights of the presentation:
There have been 5 mass extinctions from carbon buildup, some scientists say we are headed to 6th mass extinction if changes are not implemented by 2030.
Samples from the polar icepack and Greenland ice pack show that CO2 concentrations are the highest they have been in 800,000 years.
Per many agencies, including the UN, NOA and NASA, climate change is caused by humans and will be Irreversible if not addressed asap.  The planet's temperature has risen 2 degrees in the past 70 years, which coincides with the increase in global use of fossil fuels.  The last 4 years have been the hottest in recorded history. The UN has issued a code red State of Emergency for the planet because of the effects of climate change.

There is opposition to efforts to get away from reliance on fossil fuels from oil and coal companies.

38 per cent of CO2 in Calif is from transportation- 20 per cent from industry, small amounts from agriculture.

Populations at the equator are moving because of climate change.

We are seeing the beginning of planet-wide disruption in food production and supply, water shortages and unexpected epidemics.
Ocean warming is causing more water vapor and weather extremes;
A polar ice melt could increase ocean heights by 60 feet 

The solution is a  rapid switch to alternative energy; transform power grids; abandon carbon based energy sources worldwide.

Lowry asked about carbon tax: Mr. Dirdiron said it was a great idea but has been-blocked by Republicans and Democratic Senators, Sinema and Manchin
He added that President Biden's Build Back Better bill has not passed yet

On the local level:
Dr Art asked about the claim by Yes on D (Greenway) that rails in place are not suitable.  Mr. Dirdiron is a backer of No on D. He said that rail scrappers and oil companies are committing subterfuge.
He also said that federal grant money is available for rail projects like the one proposed here.

This Thursday's lunch is at Seascape.  April 28 and May 5 will be at Michael's on Main.  PLEASE respond to the RSVPs for lunch.
 
 
Here are some other highlights, we received a letter from Walnut Avenue, we are glad we can Serve to Change Lives! We are bringing you also the magic around the Nisene Marks hike with some photos as well as the participation of Lowry in a golf tournament, we are proud of you all!
See everyone on 4/21!
 
 


 
 
Letter from Walnut Avenue
 
 
Lowry Fenton
 
 
Nisene Marks Hike 
 
I am Groot
 
 
Banana Slug
 
 
This grove of about 40 trees corkscrews so they were never logged 
 
 
 
Our April 7 meeting at Seascape had 28 attendees in person and 3 on zoom. 
Constantine was a non-surprise guest and during the pre-meeting social got chatted up into having an event at his Bed and Breakfast which is near the Boardwalk- looks like that will be in June.
 
Al keyboarded us in the Welcome Song I n his inimitable style, but- we miss Sam’s accompanying guitar.
 
Dr. Art’s thought for the day hit home- “You know your age when you sit on the floor and can’t get up”
 
Announcements: Keith reminded everyone that his Cinco de Mayo party is on Uno de Mayo at his house.  Every event at Keith’s house is a great time.  He passed around the signup sheet.  Guests are welcome and encouraged.  Parking is tight so car-pooling is encouraged.
 
Dagmar reported on the beach cleanup- a comparatively small turnout was attributed to the 9am start time (usually 10 am) so the next one will start at 10 am.  The small but mighty crew picked up 17 lbs. of trash including over 150 cigarette butts and a bunch of recyclables.  The event saw the debut of Rotary capes which appear to confer superhero powers on the wearers.  Michele and Kunha looked like Supergirl and Wonder Woman.
 
Win announced the non-denominational concert at his church which is raising money for Ukraine.
 
Dr. Art was honored with a Paul Harris Award certificate recognizing his incredibly generous donations.
 
He then was the detective and asked members to name a Black author and/or a book written by a Black author.  The club members did pretty well- Oprah, the Obamas, Dr. King, James Baldwin, and a few members knew authors and books that Dr. Art didn’t know about. 
 
Don’t even want to mention Rich’s answer… accurate but…..
 
Our guest was Jack Brown who spoke on behalf of Yes on Greenway.  Jack had a slide show and an oral presentation and took questions from the members, and there was some discussion among the members.  Hoyles Rules were not strictly followed.
 
Highlights of Jack’s presentation:
The proposed  pedestrian/bike trail will be paid for by existing funds from proposition D.  The proposed railway would cost millions of dollars.
 
The existing rails cannot carry any trains other than 5-10 mph freight, and freight traffic is minimal since the Davenport cement plant closed.  The measure would probably result in the existing tracks being torn up.
 
The rail trail runs from Watsonville to the San Lorenzo bridge just South of the Boardwalk, it is 32 miles.  It does not impact Big Trees/Roaring Camp’s line.
Rail Banking maintains the status of the land so that future rail use is not forfeited.
 
If passed, the proposition would amend the current county plan from the current focus on developing a passenger rail line from Watsonville to Los Gatos, to prioritizing the trail.
 
RTC surveys in 2016 showed only 300 riders would use the service.  Michele Bassi noted that neither she, nor anyone else she knew in Watsonville, had been contacted and there was very little information circulated to Watsonvillians.
 
Laura questioned the wisdom of dismantling the existing alternative infrastructure to Hwy 1, especially given the daily traffic jams.
 
Kelly noted the great expense of maintaining/repairing the deteriorating trestles.
 
Doug pointed out that all commuter train systems are heavily subsidized, the fares do not fully pay for construction and maintenance.
Jack said one problem with the proposed passenger train is that it would require riders to drive or otherwise make their way to the train stations, ride in with stops along the way, then find another way to get to their destination.
 
Anissa won the raffle in her leopard print dress.
 
Actual Cinco de Mayo is Thursday (do we have to say May 5?) and that lunch, as well as 4/28, will be at Michael’s on Main.
(May 4th is Star Wars Day….if you don’t know why, say the date slowly).
 
PLEASE fill out the RSVPs for the lunches, even for Michael’s on Main.  Every restaurant that we contacted (about 12) said they would require it and the area presidents who are looking for new places also report that head counts are required.  Kendra has made the form as easy as possible and if we don’t get accurate head counts we will either be paying for meals that go uneaten (no doggie bags allowed for buffets, per state law) or we will be short of food- as happened this past Thursday.
 
See everyone at Seascape on April 14!
 
 
 
 
Our meeting on March 31 had 30 in-person attendees and a few more on zoom. 
Constantin was there and we also welcomed back Anders from Sweden

Al and Sam rocked the Welcome song and 4 way test- Al brought a keyboard which sounded great.   Unnamed sources report that someone in our club asked someone at Seascape that the piano not be brought in?  if anyone knows about this please contact Pres. Ken.

The lyrics to the 4 way test are being shown on the screen and the chorus remains a bit uncertain.  The consensus is that we will sing the letters I-N-T-L. 

Dr Art gave another timely thought for the day: people who complain about the high cost of gasoline should look at the Seascape parking lot (overflowing-there was a convention.)

Julie was the detective and the topic was the Oscars.  Slapping instead of fines was determined to violate the 4 way test. 
The questions avoided the mundane and predicatables like Best Actor, Best Picture, Most Supplicant to Hollywood.
A few more memorables- Walt Disney won the most Oscars; John Williams has been nominated for 52 and won 5; Cinderella won the award for best picture before the "Best Animated" category was created; and the award for Best Juvenile Performance did not depend on gender. 
 One trend to Julie's questions- the answers to true/false's were almost all false- something to bear in mind for her next stint.

Dagmar gave the final push for the Beach Cleanup at Rio Del Mar which again was well-attended.  The volunteers wore Rotary capes and apparently got to choose their own super-power while serving the common good.

Our guest speaker was Aisha Chavres who spoke about Ramadan. Her presentation and slide show were very informative and educational.  Aisha is very involved in local charities and services and, like her friend Anissa, is engaging and fun.  She confessed a big affinity for caffeine, which is related to one of Annisa's liquid affinities....

Ramadan is Islam's holy month.  Islam uses the lunar calendar, which is 28-29 days and Ramadan starts at the first sighting of the moon on the first day, which makes the start a bit variable.
The focus of Ramadan is on reflection on one's life and faith, family, charity, and the Qaran.
Appropriate greetings are "Ramadan Kareem," "Ramadan Mubarak" or if one can't remember those words, "Happy Ramadan."
Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset (actually first light to sunset) during the month, and yes, they don't drink water either, which explains t-shirts you might see reading "Yes, Water too."
That long period of no food also explains commercials in Muslim countries showing people alternately staring at the doors of KFC and the horizon as the sun sets.
Allowances are made for Muslims living far North or South- they can choose an appropriate site within the time zone, and exceptions are made for breast feeding, illness and medicine. People are expected to work though a reduced workday is common.

Dr. Art mentioned that when he was in Bangladesh, Muslims were spitting during Ramadan because they viewed swallowing saliva as impermissible.  Aisha commented that there were many examples of rules or behaviors that were "extreme" and culturally-based, not required by the Qaran.
 
Next Thursday's guest is Jack Brown, representing YES to Greenway. Looking forward to hearing this side.

See everyone on April 7!
 
 
 
 
 
We had our second in-awhile in-person meeting at Seascape on March 24.
 
Kudos to President elect Kendra for filling in for President in-trial prep purgatory Ken.
 
 
We had 2 visiting Rotarians:
 
Debbie Kline from Sunnyvale Rotary promoted their golf tournament fundraiser which benefits a bunch of worthy programs. (see attached for details).  There was a certain irony because some of our golf-addict members have been getting their 18 hole fix instead of attending our meetings.  Debbie said that they are looking to get sponsors for holes to honor Rotarians who have passed away.  (No, they are not burying people on the golf course).
 
Cynthia from Los Altos Club was promoting the Big Brothers Big Sisters Santa Cruz County Bowl A Thon April 23-24 (see attached).  Stan Abrams is an admitted bowler- anyone else?  
 
We had 2 guests.
Jeff Ursino, a former member of our club who moved to a Monterey club brought Raul Palicio. He is the new Manager for Mechanics Bank in Capitola.
 
Our adopted son Constantine was with us and shared that we are his favorite club to visit… bet he says that to all the clubs. 😊
 
Sam’s thought for the day…..knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit…wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad. Genius!!
 
Membership Monday is coming back…no details yet….but keep on the lookout for an email.  Suggestions for itinerary and location must involve humor and alcohol.
 
It was Mardi’s birthday….we did a terrible job of singing to her. 
 
Uno De Mayo at Keiths!!!!! May 1st at 4:00….please bring a dish to share. Please RSVP to Keith on his home phone….yes, people still have those…
831-662-0520. If he doesn’t answer….please let a message with name and number of people joining.
PLEASE CAR POOL!!!!
 
Beach Cleanup at Rio del Mar this Saturday morning April 2. !!!  Dagmar has sent an email- please register and attend-great fun and a great purpose.
 
Nelson was detective…lots of history related facts that we all failed at…. 😊
 
Our Speaker was Matt Ferrel from No Way Greenway.  To balance, we are having a rep from Yes on Greenway in the next few weeks. 
 
Here are a few of his points:
 
  • Less expensive homes in south county and jobs in north county has caused the pile up on Highway 1. The poorest members of our community are the ones that are effected the most.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental factors effect our climate
  • Solution – Santa Cruz branch line.
  • Corridor runs 23 miles long and half the population lives within a mile of the rail line
  • 60% of the trails are already under way.
  • Voters already approved this by a 67% vote in 2016
  • Railbanking will remove the tracks with no chance of getting them back
  • The people that are “pro” Measure D want you to think this is a “pro” environment but it is not…easing up the traffic on Highway 1 is “pro” environment
  • His message – Please vote NO on Measure D
  • Measure D will be on the ballot on June 17th. It is to establish trail only corridor from tressels to Lee Road in Watsonville
  • Plan was always to build trail first because we had the funding for it. The rail would come later
  • Doug asked about where the stations would be…where does he park and how does he get somewhere in downtown SC….answer was…walk or bus. Stations in mid county have not all been identified yet
  • Julie asked…Santa Clara is considering stopping their rail service due to lower ridership…how would we handle this. Answer was…this is due to the pandemic and he didn’t know what San Jose was going to do…he assumes federal money.
  • It was mentioned that BART system is losing money even prior to COVID…people don’t like to get on buses…has there been a study of how many people will use our rail line? Matt said BART is successful and gave a story about Boardwalk employees regarding survey.
  • Kelly – no room on corridor for parking lots….why not have a light rail along Highway 1? – Voters voted that down years ago.
  • Kendra confirmed – No on D – nothing happens. Yes on D – big bike path only
  • Graham – how much is it going to cost – if you have to ask…you can’t afford it. 😊 kidding….Matt said…money will come from state and fed through regional transportation. Cost is about a billion over 20 years. It would come from a sales tax. A ride would be $6 each way.
  • Laura – if rail gets ripped out it is over…no chance ever of a train.
Raffle winner was Rich…but he left early….so sad… 😊
 
See everyone at Seascape!
 
 
 
 
Our February 24 meeting  was by zoom and was well attended for zoom-only.
 
Thursday’s lunch is our Speech contest - also only zoom. March 10 will likely be zoom as well, though after that we will probably be able to return to in-person lunches at Seascape.
 
Trish announced that we have 2 RYLA applicants and that the interviews are starting- but given that we have 2 slots and 2 candidates…
 
Dr. Art is attending a Rotary district task force next week regarding getting back to in person meetings- he will report on the discussions/recommendations.  Meanwhile-the County has eased mask mandates and the infection rates are dropping significantly, though covid-deaths have not dropped as much.
 
Laura announced that  Win and Eileen hosted another pickle ball gathering: 18 people at Win and Eileen’s house- much fun was had and we are looking towards doing a pickle ball fund raiser.
Pickleball ladies
Dr. Art gave the thought for the day : Familiarity breeds contempt and children
Ken - told a PG joke about paternal confusion.
 
Trish did the Detecting for Candy.  The timely topic was Presidents’ Day and presidents.  Among other things we learned:
Washington has 2 birthdays because of the switch from Julian to Gregorian calendars
The oldest living President is Jimmy Carter, who is also the longest-lived President- Becky knew both of those- gold star and $10 fine;
 
The state of Alabama celebrates Washington and Jefferson Day, not Lincoln (Jefferson Davis?)
 
Delaware doesn’t recognize either day; though it was the first state.
 
We have received the Press release from County Park Friends
 
Photo identifications from left to right: Dr. Arthur Dover, Michele Bassi, President Ken Gorman of Capitola-Aptos Rotary;  Board Chair Terry Corwin and Executive Director Mariah Roberts of County Park Friends.
 
Our speaker was Win - who gave a great show on the trip he and Eileen took to Peru and Ecuador last month as part of a group.
His photos of Lima showed  varied neighborhoods and conditions of infrastructure;
The  Spanish converted buildings for Christianity
The food was incredible and creatively presented
 
Lima gets 2” a year, water from Andes
Cusco gets 6”- water from Andes
 
They went from Cusco to the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu and had great photos of all of the sites
 
Win tried coca leaf- not impressed though he did run from the sampling site to Machu Picchu and back
They also tried Corn beer, strawberry/corn beer, the latter being much tastier; they had a special meal where the featured dish was a  whole guinea pig.  The host family’s 4 year old ate the head and brains ( zombie boy?)
Though most of the residences were drab outside they were colorful inside, and the host family’s 13 year old had modern clothes and a flat screen tv.
 
They took the 90 minute, bathroom-less train to Machu Picchu because the only other option was 4 days on Inca trail
 
They showed photos taken when the site was “discovered” in 1911,  all overgrown with 300 years of vegetation, a comparison photo  in 1977 when the wood was cleared, and a recent photo showing the vegetation cleared.
 
Machu Picchu gets 77” of rain a year
 
It now gets 5,000 visitors a day and the Machu Picchu Pueblo village has grown up there
 
They stayed at a 5 star hotel- Inkaterra- in the rain forest-very clean
 
3 rivers through the town
 
Peru grows a lot of crops- much corn
 
After Inca country they went to the Galapagos on a 4 day boat tour- large boat that looked very well appointed. Santa Cruz Island had giant tortoises- one side is dry, only 2” rain a year  with volcanic rock, sand and, cactus- the other side is dry.
 
They showed the turtle egg laying area, 1 out of 1,000 turtles actually make it from the nest to the water. 
 
Prostitution is legal in Ecuador- and the group tour got a presentation.  No indication if any of the prostitutes were Rotarians.  (Are they in Nevada)
 
There was a Sundial on the equator.
 
 
On Saturday 2/26 President Ken hosted about 15 Rotarians and guests on a 2 mile tour of Nisene Marks park starting on the Aptos Creek trail.  The weather was great.  There were 2 minor falls but no injuries.  The re-hydration gathering on Ken’s front lawn afterwards garnered $450 in donations.
 
There will be another tour this Sunday, starting at 10 am, again from Ken’s house at 365 Danube Drive.  This hike will be about 4 miles and is more challenging- some steeper areas and more tripping hazards. It will go through the forest floor and highlights will be the Old Growth grove and the Twisted Grove. 6 people have signed up- anyone else interested please tell Ken asap.
 
See everyone Thursday for the Speech Contest!
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Members:
 
Our February 17 zoom meeting had about 20 attendees.
 
Dr. Art combined his thought for the day and joke, maybe he should publish his words of wisdom?
 
Dr. Art also contributed $50,000 in our club’s name to Willowbrook Park- incredibly generous!  Thank you Dr. Art!  We hope to have a photo shoot for it by the time you get this.
 
Matt was the designated detective but had to go out of town so he prepared a funny and educational set of questions in a Price is Right format that combined Olympics and Rotary.  Very creative Matt!  Trish read handled the proceeding and it was great fun.
 
Becky announced that the 18 warming bundles our members donated were distributed to the homeless in downtown Santa Cruz.  Thanks to Becky for putting that together and to all the members who contributed.
 
 
 
The speech contest is March 3.  Thanks to Lowry and Dough for all their work in setting it up.
 
Tomorrow’s lunch will be on line and it is likely that so will the March 3 speech contest.  While we  are hoping to resume in-person and hybrid meetings asap the health/safety situation still weighs against it. Though the face mask mandates have been lifted face masks are still recommended and, more significantly, the covid infection numbers are not significantly dropping yet.  In the area president’s meeting the club presidents said 4 of their clubs were zoom only, 2 were hybrid.
 
There was much discussion in that meeting about trying to find alternate sites for lunches and the other clubs have had the same experiences we have- very few places can accommodate that many people in a private room; lack of parking and lunch and room fees that are the same or higher than the current arrangements.
Also Julie’s invoices are going out and she is just destroying those Q3 billing records! C no nnect with her if you have any questions. Jlambert@lcsllc.biz 


 
Our guest speaker was Ron Duncan from Soquel Creek Water District.  Ron and his staff put on a highly educational and informative presentation about the status and future of SCWD, focusing on the efforts to slow and counter salt water intrusion into the aquifers and wells and the Safe Water project which is under construction and will recycle water.  The extent of groundwater intrusion on the coast was mapped by a Danish company with new technology a few years ago.  It shows saltwater migrating inland at various rates and to various extents on the central coast, but virtually all water supplies are at risk.  After about a decade of debates as to how best to augment the water supply, SCWD decided on recycling as opposed to desalination and new dams as the most cost-effective.  Though rates will increase, SCWD got a large grant and a large low-interest loan to finance the construction, and the alternative would be a water shortage and much higher expenses to import water.  The presentation was followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with our highly informed members. Ron complimented our members on their insightful questions- he obviously enjoyed getting to answer inquiries from folks who were paying attention and understood issues.
 
  
 
 
President Ken is leading a tour of Nisene Marks Park from his house in Vienna Woods this Saturday at 9am.  The walk/hike will be about 2 miles.  4 people have confirmed- there is room for about 10 total.  Anyone interested please let Ken know asap.  His address is 365 Danube Drive Aptos, in Vienna Woods, up the hill behind Cabrillo College.   There is free parking in the neighborhood.  There will be a rehydration social in Ken’s front yard afterwards.  Donations are encouraged.
 
There will be another hike on Sunday, March 6, about 4 miles, some more challenging terrain, same start time, probably 2 hours.
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!
 
President Ken
 
 
 
 
 
Attendance. Our February 10 meeting was well attended for Zoom – 21 Rotarians plus our speaker. 
 
Warming Kits. Becky announced that she is assembling “warming kits” for unhoused people in Santa Cruz. She is doing this in cooperation with Downtown Streets, the nonprofit that was the subject of our October 21 presentation by Jocelyn Curran. Around 18 members have contributed to the effort. The kits were distributed on Wednesday.
 
Our Little Rituals. Dr. Art again combined his thought for the day and joke: "A pretty face is not a passport, it is a visa that runs out fast." Kate was the detective. She questioned the members’ knowledge of dates and events in February.  Her repertoire was limited a bit by last week’s Valentine’s Day questions, but she did a great job of educating us and raising money through fines.
 
 
 
Guest Speaker Robin Nardello. Our speaker was Robin Nardello, Community Relations Manager for New Leaf Markets and New Seasons Markets.  Robin spoke and showed photos and graphics of the extensive community assistance programs that New Leaf and New Seasons support.  The list is too long to repeat, but it includes Food Pantry Support, Grazing on the Greens, Lend a Hand Volunteers, Teen Kitchen Project, and Envirotokens—programs that they manage directly in addition to their support for dozens of local organizations.  New Leaf and New Seasons have 3 Tents of Giving: addressing hunger, helping the environment, and K-12 education.  Among other accomplishments, they have saved the environment from more than 11 million bags and raised over $1 million for the programs they support.  One way they raise funds is by donating proceeds from sales.  For example, 1% of their sales from their Anniversary Beer is donated to Ocean Ecoles, and 1% of the sales from their Bloom line products goes to Teen Kitchen Project.
 
 
Anissa noted that New Leaf/New Seasons has contributed $32,000 to Walnut Avenue Shelter.  Matt Wettstein thanked Robin for her businesses’ support and partnership in addressing food insecurity, which remains prevalent in the student community.
 
Nisene Marks Events. President Ken is going to lead 2 social event tours of The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park on the less-travelled trails that are accessible from his Vienna Woods neighborhood.  1 tour will be about an hour, 1-2 miles, with some slopes.  The date for that is tentatively February, Saturday 26, 10 a.m. start.
The second hike would be more challenging—about 4 miles, a few steep areas, and roots; plan on 2 hours.  That date is March 6, also 10 a.m.-ish.
Rainout dates are March 12 and 13.
There is free parking in the neighborhood.
These are social events, not fundraisers, because the Parks Department requires a $300 permit plus admin fees of up to $100 if we charge. There will be re-hydration at Ken’s house afterwards. Donations to Rotary are encouraged there.
Signups are limited to ten people- please respond to Ken asap.
 
In Person Meetings? We are monitoring the County mask guidelines to assess when we can safely return to in person lunches.  The District Governor has convened a meeting re covid protocols on Wednesday, February 23 for discussion.
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Club Members:
 
Our January 27 zoom meeting was comparatively well attended.  Thanks to Al for his efforts on/as the Sunshine committee.  Nice to see Dr. Art and Keith on zoom.  We could use a few more folks reaching out to some of our zoom-hindered members and offering assistance.
 
Candace Sy. Laura brought a guest, Candace Sy, who we hope will consider joining our club.
 
 
 
Symphony Event. Kate announced that the Santa Cruz Symphony will be holding an event on Feb. 11 at Margaritaville, tickets are $35 for symphony members, $40 for non-members.  A nice chance to get a preview in a small venue.
 
Cocktail Fundraiser. Pres. Ken asked for a show of hands of folks who would like to attend a virtual cocktail-mixing lesson and fundraiser and a few folks seemed interested.  The idea is that a box of ingredients- at this gestational stage thought to be a pint of vodka, a pint of rum, a few splits of champagne or prosecco and a few juices- would be purchased in advance for pickup/delivery.  For the price of that and an exorbitant donation for a charity to be determined, Pres Ken would then show how to make 4-5 cocktails, that only require a shaker and a bonus one that requires a blender. Keith volunteered his house/back yard which of course is  much better logistically.  The downside is that folks should not be drinking 4-5 cocktails in an hour then driving.  No, this is not a marketing ploy for Ken’s DUI services.  Please contact Ken if you are interested.
 
Pickle Ball Tourney. Also, spearheaded by Laura and Lowry, we are looking at a fundraising pickle ball tournament.  We are looking for locations that would give us a discount or be free.  Anyone interested in the tournament of pickle ball lessons contact Laura.
 
District Fundraiser for Afghans. The district is organizing fundraising for Afghan refugees.  We are waiting for more details. 
 
Dagmar the Detective. Dagmar was the detective.  Her theme was history, including a few questions about retiring SCOTUS Justice Breyer.  Though perhaps  not as entertaining as her debut as detective, very well done.
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker Joy Flynn. Our guest speaker was Joy Flynn Wall.  Joy is a local woman with a remarkable commitment to activism and charities.  Some of her work: she led the first peaceful response in the County to the George Floyd murder, she is an advisor to the County Criminal Justice Council, a member of the County’s Commission on AntiRacism, Equity and Social Justice Circle, she is a friend of Walnut Ave. Family and Women’s Center and the regional Jefferson Award winner.  She also has a great connection to Rotary- she worked in the events planning office at Seascape golf club house  (office on the left just before the front doors) and knew several of our members.
 
Joy spoke of her childhood-raised in Corralitos and her military family, which imbued in her a profound commitment to community service.  Her father, a US Army major, was also a Rotarian. She related her ideals to Rotary’s like this: “service is what we were put here to do.”  Joy also spoke about her challenges as a domestic abuse survivor and experience with food insecurity as a young mother here in Santa Cruz County.  She observed that people can’t dream of success if they are worrying where there next meal is.  She spoke of the ongoing disparity between income between white people and people of color and her work to eliminate bias in access to fundamental services such as health care.  
 
Joy’s presentation was succinct and moving, and received with great appreciation by members.   There was a consensus if not unanimous opinion that Joy should be a club member.  Michele led that but also commented that she knows Joy might be too busy.  If Michele Bassi says someone else is too busy, take that seriously.
 
Zoom For Now. We will continue to meet on Zoom until medical advice and county regulations allow us to meet in person again.
 
See everyone this Thursday!
 
 
 
 
 
Our 3d meeting of the year on January 20 was zoom attended by about 20 Rotarians. 
Lowry announced that our speech contest will be March 3 at Seascape and will be hybrid.  Doug worked out a deal with Seascape where attendees can order off the menu.  The District contest will be March 8.
 
Sue Lawson was asked on behalf of Freedom Rotary if our club would send a letter supporting the application of an Iranian for refugee status in Turkey to avoid deportation to Iran where there is a fear of condemnation because he had converted to Christianity  The request is from Ashley Winn, a member of the La Selva Beach Community Church, which wrote a letter in support.  Our members who weighed in on it supported the effort for its humanitarianism but there are questions as to whether or not it is a political activity which Rotary prohibits.  Pres. Ken raised it at the area President’s meeting and was referred to RI. 
 
Our club sent a group of students to Tonga in 2004, which also has a Rotary club.  Dave Campbell wrote an article that Mardi sent out on Club Runner.  We are trying to see if there is any way for our club or the area to send support to Tonga through Rotary connections.
 
Rotary International sent an email (not clear to whom but eventually found its way to some Area Presidents) advising that RI has been contacted by the White House Coordinator for Operations Allies Welcome to participate in programs for aiding Afghan refugee families that are settling in the USA.  Pres. Ken completed the survey asking for more information before taking any additional steps.  Members are invited to check out “Operation Allies Welcome”  and email Ken/the board on their thoughts. The Area presidents are considering pooling resources if enough clubs agree.
 
Pres. Ken doubled as detective.  One set of questions was asking members to complete quotes by Dr. King in honor of his day.  Another set of questions was about some historical facts about Rotary.  Highlights were members’  ability to complete some of Dr. King’s quotes and knowing the names of astronauts and US presidents who were Rotarians. Bonus points to Dr. Art for knowing that Rotary’s first service project was public toilets in Chicago in 1917.  Don’t say it…flushed with pride?
 
Our speakers were Deidre Hamilton and Laura Sutherland who own a company called Talk Bubbly To Me.  Not surprisingly, their topic was sparkling wine.  Their presentation was engaging and educational, as they explained the processes and differences in sparkling wines, the different grapes used, regional/national names, qualities and  bottling.  The event was frustrating because they were sampling champagnes while the rest of us licked our lips and soothed parched throats with something far less satisfying.  There is great support for a champagne tasting fund raiser.  Sgt at Arms Craig B’s suggestion that attendees get Continuing Education Credit was approved by unanimous consent.  Question- will there be a lab?  Extra credit?
 
 
Members probably remember that Deidre Hamilton also gave a great presentation to our club on Kwanzaa- a true Renaissance woman.
 
It was nice to see Anissa who claims she had covid for her 50th birthday.  That is difficult to believe because there is no way she is 50….
 
Bonus info- Flushed With Pride is the name of the biography of Thomas Crapper.  Really.  He didn’t invent the flush toilet but did invent the float in the tank and had a line of plumbing devices in the UK. 
 
 
A little history of Tonga and Capitola Aptos Rotary Club
By David Campbell
 
Last weekend Santa Cruz appeared on our TV news coverage of the tsunami that was triggered by a volcanic eruption in Tonga.  The coverage included a story about the tsunami hitting the Santa Cruz marina. This prompted me to contact our webmaster Mardi Padilla with just a bit of Capitola-Aptos Rotary history that you might find interesting which connects our Capitola Aptos Rotary Club with Tonga. 
 
Many members of the club will remember that in 2004 a team of twelve Aptos High School Interactors went to Tonga to carry out a hands-on service project.  They spent a week in there, where they set up a computer lab at St Andrews High School located in the capital city of Nukuʻalofa.  As always, Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club was actively involved.  The club was instrumental in acquiring about 15 computers which the Interactors and adult chaperones carried as their 2nd piece of baggage (in the good old days when you were allowed 2 bags).  And the club was very active in supporting the Interactor’s fundraising efforts to get the team to Tonga. 
 
Not only did the Interactors set up the computers, but they spent much of their time painting the classroom that was designated for the computer lab.  These were the first computers in the school.   The project co-ordinator at St Andrews High School was a super Peace Corps volunteer named Todd Hicks. 
 
Further, the trip provided a significant cultural experience for the Aptos HS Interactors.  They truly “interacted” with the Tongan culture in many ways.  But the most significant cultural experience probably occurred when the team split up, with each girl spending a weekend in the home of a St Andrews student. 
 
 
The Tonga project received the D5170 “Interact Project of the Year” award, and the “Interactor of the Year” award went to Annemarie Estess (in the pink top in photo #3)
 
As to the current situation in Tonga, you probably know as much as I do.  There is very little news coming out of Tonga because the only undersea fiber cable to the country was cut by the volcanic eruption.  This cut off all communication except for a trickle of contact via satellite.  But we do know that the damage was extensive with many coastal villages destroyed and widespread flooding and major damage to the infrastructure, and a critical shortage of drinking water.  Fortunately, it appears that there was little loss of life… only 3 confirmed so far.  NZ has dispatched an Air Force surveillance plane which confirmed the extent of the destruction, but they could not land because the airport runway is covered with thick ash.  Another NZ plane was dispatched with emergency supplies, and the NZ Navy was sending a ship which has a much larger capacity for relief supplies. 
 
The volcano was on an uninhabited island 20 miles from the main island.  But the tsunami hit several small nearby islands as well as the main island of Tongatapu where the capital is located.  St. Andrews High School is located some distance from the seafront, so the school might have escaped major damage… but it’s only a guess. I know flooding occurred widely in Nukuʻalofa.
 
I’m sure there are several 30-something Aptos High graduates whose thoughts today are with the people of Tonga.
 
Finally, one last tidbit for fun that will make you a Tonga expert.  The name of the country is mispronounced by almost everyone in the US.  There is no hard “g” in “Tonga”.  The “g” is soft… as in song or long.  So, Tonga is pronounced “Tong-ah” with only one soft “g”
 
 
 
Our second meeting of 2022 was also our club assembly.  We met via zoom and had  about 20  attendees.  It was especially nice to see Claire and Rich McAdams (I still reflexively call him “Your Honor”).
Keeping with the theme of the assembly Detective Karen crafted a series of questions about Rotary and its history.  One of the highlights was Rotary’s long reluctance to admit women and our club’s role in breaking that barrier
 
The District mailed Paul Harris awards to Bill Gray, Jimmy Kutch, Sam Knight and Pres. Ken.  Since we don’t know when we will be able to present them in person let’s give a virtual thank you.
 
 
Because of the Club Assembly we did not have a guest speaker.
Several members gave presentations.  Pam and Al spoke of some of the highlights of our club’s history.  It might be disputed, but we may have been the first club to admit women and not have our charter revoked.  Dr. Art spoke about the development and success of Polio Plus as probably the most important factor in the near-eradication of polio worldwide in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Bill Witmer talked about the Rotary Foundation’s good works and our club’s outstanding record as near 100% contributions. (Those few holdouts may be subjected to East-Coast style collection methods).  Co-President Elect Laura extolled the virtues of RotaCare and its provision of health care services in the County.  Dagmar advised of our adoption of Rio Del Mar Beach and Dr. Art’s role in getting a nice banner there- we may have 4 beach cleanups this year.  Lowry and Doug continue to navigate the logistics of the speech contest in covid times and with requirements by the district.  We are tentatively set for Feb. 17 and the options are in-person (unlikely?) all zoom (not preferred) or hybrid (seems to be the most probable).  Thanks for all your work on this gents.
 
There was a discussion about fund raising projects during covid, which keeps thwarting our efforts for in-person events.  Dagmar also raised the same concerns for increasing members and increasing the participation of our existing members.   Eric pointed out that when he joined the club there were 80 members, we are now down to 50 though the population of the county has increased.  Members are encouraged to make suggestions for both.  Mardi was able to obtain a $900 award from the district for her plans for membership recruitment.  Well done Mardi!
 
CoPE Laura suggested a Pickle ball tournament. 
When covid allows Ken will be visiting local businesses in person and welcomes suggestions as to businesses members have connections with.
Dr. Art has suggested that members contact a few professionals or business owners they know and let them know about who we are and what we do.
 
Doug suggested the formation of a “Visioning Committee” to discuss and ultimately implement a plan for the club’s short and long term goals for membership, fundraising and service projects.  Anyone interested in working on and/opr being a member of the committee should contact Doug.
 
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday- same regular zoom link.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lowry has been moving forward with the speech contest and advising the contestants that the Feb. 17 date may not be in person and may be postponed.  Other clubs have gone to zoom competitions which remains an option.  Lowry and Doug D are weighing various factors including what the contestants want to do.
 
The nominated detective was unable to attend by Zoom so Trish donated $50 in fines which Al matched.  Much thanks to them both.
 
Michele announced that we needed to take down our holiday display, apparently ours was the last one standing.  We are taking the position that it was last one up because it was the best.  A crew of volunteers met at the fairgrounds, blessed with fair weather, and removed the display. Kelly, Lowry, Al. Julie, Trish, Art, Kendra, Michele, Laura and her granddaughter took down the holiday lights- also blessed by Michele bringing burritos and champagne.
 
Kendra announced that we got a donation of great stuff so “Wait ‘Til Next year!”    (Those of you who followed OLD baseball will recognize the motto of the old Brooklyn Dodgers fans.)
 
Our speaker was Laina Holzman, PhD.  She is a Professor of World History and Middle East Studies at Golden Gate University and frequently has columns and letters to the editor in the Sentinel and Pajaronian.  In fact, the Sentinel published a letter from her on 1/7/22 that was a bit of a precursor to her presentation.  Dr. Holzman started with her analysis of  the January 6 2021 events at the Capitol from an immediate and historical perspective and her view of the movement and political climate that gave rise to it and continues.  She then spoke about the history of history- the ancient beginnings of record keeping  to the development of the printing press and now the proliferation of information and misinformation through public media.  Dr. Holzman also noted with approval an uptick in interest in classic literature lately at the college-university level.  She cautioned about the political dangers of false facts and the absence of critical analysis.  Dr. Holzman’s published works are available on line.  She writes on a variety of political and historical topics and events.
 
Keith was unable to have his birthday party in person because of family covid concerns.  Al, as chairman of the Sunshine Committee, organized a drive-through surprise birthday celebration for him with the secret cooperation of Keith’s son and neighbors.  Sunday morning about 30 Rotarians and 5 guests gathered at the Deer Park parking lot then caravanned to Keith’s house where he had been lured into his driveway.  Well-wishers gave their drive-through birthday greetings.  Keith was very moved.  Thanks to Al, Keith’s family and neighbors, and to all the Rotarians who showed what Rotary spirit is and what a great group we have!
 
The District granted us $900 for membership recruitment thanks to Mardi’s application!
 
Our next meeting will be on January 13, again via Zoom only.  It will also be a Club Assembly.  A Club Assembly is a meeting where Rotary club short term and long term goals are discussed by the members.  There will not be a guest speaker.  There will be some presentations about Rotary history.  It is very important that as many members as possible attend the meeting as it is informative, particularly for newer members, and is an opportunity for members to provide input as to directions the club should take and ideas for club activities like service projects and fund raising.  Any members who want to give a short presentation on club history or goals, or some aspect thereof, or agenda items, please contact Ken asap and please no later than Wednesday noon.
 
The zoom link will be the same one we have been using and is on the website. Please contact Kendra or Nelson if you have other zoom questions.
 
 
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Alliance for Smiles cleft lip and palate surgeries
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Siena House
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Native Animal Rescue
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Oct 20, 2022
Diwali, Festival of Lights
Eric Costello
Nov 03, 2022
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Nov 10, 2022
Human Library
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Dec 01, 2022
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Dec 08, 2022
Building Generations
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