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We get together  the 1st Thursday of the month at Cantine in Aptos from 5:30 to 7pm for appetizers and beverages. 
We meet the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursdays for lunch and speakers at noon at Seascape Golf Course in Aptos.
On the 5th Thursday of the month (when those occur) we volunteer! 
**Please check the club calendar to confirm our meeting place, time and speaker, and to determine if an advance RSVP is Required!** 
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Dear Cap-Ap Rotarians:
Our October 19 meeting was lunch at Seascape.  We had 20 attendees in person.
Pam ran the meeting- smooth as silk.
She brought her childhood friend Art Stein from Los Altos as a guest. 
Dr. Art’s thought was a quote from Dr. King: along the way we must learn that there is nothing greater than doing something for others.
Sam and Rich rocked us out on the Welcome Song and 4 Way Test. 
Konstantin added some rousing tableware percussion-it seems we now have  Ginger Baker to Sam’s Eric Clapton and Rich’s Jack Bruce.  Maybe a Rotary song set to Sunshine of Your Love? 
Logistics suggestion- Kelly should have a seat reserved by the loudspeaker

Doug and Bill are our foundation chairs for Rotary International
We routinely get 100% contribution from our members.  The rumor that “Boston” Bill Whitmer was Whitey Bulger’s inside muscle has not been confirmed but it does  help with collections. 
Lowry had some announcements which are on the website and in his emails, but, as fast as your author could type between bites of lunch:
The first meeting of the month will be an evening social- nothing structured, just getting together to enjoy the company of our wonderful group and friends
When we have 5 Thursdays in a month the last one will be a service day
We are having our next social at 530 on November 2at Cantine on the West side of Aptos Village near Starbucks.  It’s  a charming venue with a great selection of wines and beers and lots of choices for hors d’ouvres.
Laura announced that we had a great signup for the pickleball tournament for the benefit of Cabrillo Veterans.  (It will still be called Cabrillo for at least the next 5 years-Keep lobbying for Wettstein U)
Nelson reminded us of the litter cleanup on Park Ave. to stop trash from washing into New Brighton Beach 
The pumpkin painting is 10/28 2-4 also announcing new name of Park Treasure Cove 
11/9 service day loaves and fishes  at 105 Second St Watsonville- 9 am start to  1130  then lunch
Our guest speaker was Orrin Mahoney who is the district chair for Rotary International.
Before he spoke he gave out Paul Harris awards to Doug and Kelly, after figuring out that Lowry was not Kelly.
Congrats and thanks to Dough and Kelly!
Bill was the Detective
Since one of Rotary International’s missions is the eradication of Polio he asked about and educated us about polio, and raised money via fines. 
Some of the facts: there have been 2.5 billion polio vaccines administered; there are 2 countries with wild polio- Pakistan and Afghanistan.  The cases are in the mountain range between those two countries.  In a sign of progress, Pakistan has made it illegal to refuse the vaccine and the Taliban is actually cooperating with vaccinations.
Our guest speaker Orrin Mahoney has quite a resume-Carnegie Mellon,  Stanford, management at HP and mayor of Cupertino, as well as decades of service in Rotary and Rotary International.
He had a power point presentation and spoke about Rotary International’s 7 areas of focus, structure, financing and activities.
He said that our district very generous, donating $2.5 million. 
His power point showed a number of RI projects including a women’s shelter in Puerto Rico,  water purification and an oxygen generator in Ethiopia, Cleft palate and eyecare, in India
Three basic elements of RI’s financing are the annual fund, the polio fund and endowments. Owen explained Explains DDF district designated funds and Global grants 
The Gates foundation matches RI’s donations 2-1. Dr. Dover has donated $1 million considering that.
Dr Art also has earned the RI triple crown for his donations- standing ovation please for Dr. Art!!!
Our next meeting is 10/26 noon at Seascape.  Nelson will be our in-house guest speaker- the subject will be Harper’s Ferry.
The foundation board meets at Seascape at 1045- all members are welcome.
Let’s make this a great turnout!!
Dear Cap-Ap Rotarians

Our October 26 meeting was lunch at Seascape
We had 21 in person attendees

Lowry ran the meeting.  He is going to be assuming full presidential powers.
Pam is going to be coordinating speakers and helping organize our major fundraiser - she has already contacted honorees and picked March 22 at Seascape for the date - please put in your calendars.

Nelson brought his wife Betsey and gave her a touching tribute about how she exemplifies the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.  And she's not a member because...?  too many other commitments? Including being in charge of Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts?  Fabulous.

Marcia Dasko was a drop in visitor- new to the area- let's recruit her?
Ana Matheson also joined us - sign her up too!

Lowry reminded all about the Jade street park pumpkin painting  which was held 10/28.

We had 80 people at our Cabrillo veterans' benefit pickleball tournament!  Awesome.  Let's try to get half that many at our meetings.  Maybe just a coincidence that the Sentinel ran a big article about pickleball last week, but your author thinks that now that CapAp Rotary has been doing it everyone is joining in.....trendsetters that we are.

And not just trendsetters in sports- we have new Aprons! Look for the Kardashians to be modeling the knock-offs soon.
Will we soon be developing a line of under-apron garments?  Accessories?

The Holiday party will be at Sam Nigh's house in Soquel again.  Last year's party was full of Rotary spirit, holiday spirit and many of the attendees  got full of alcoholic spirits. Ample and delicious food, and the Nigh's house and property are gorgeous!!

Pam was the detective and on topic, the subject was  Pickleball
But first there was a well-deserved shoutout to Lowry and Laura for their work putting the tournament together; it took a year to plan which means we are already starting planning for the next one....soon to rival our country's never-ending cycle of presidential campaigns but many would argue- much more utility.....

Some of the vital facts we learned:
Players are called Picklers
"Been pickled" means  lost the match
The kitchen is the non volley zone
A "Dink" is a short shot- hopefully someone recorded  Karen running in place to simulate the effort entailed

Also hoping someone else noticed that Michele stood up to answer her question like she was still in catholic middle school answering a history question from Sister Mary Elephant?
There are 400,000 players nationwide
Florida has the most picklers and the densest (pickleball) city- Naples

Did anyone else notice that Sgt Jack collects fines with a Cal hat? It is so hard for the Stanford grads to put anything in that....
Nelson was our "guest" speaker.
He provided a very informative speech and slide show on Harper's Ferry, which he and Betsey visited recently.  It's much more than just the site of John' Brown's infamous raid (which many people, including Frederick Douglass, see as the real start of the Civil War).  It was the 2d armory founded in the USA and is at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers in what is now West Virginia, in 1799. It became a mechanized manufacturer of firearms at a rate far greater than hand-built weaponry.  It had a series of canals that provided water power to run the machinery.

In addition to Mr. Brown's raid- which resulted in many deaths including a freed slave who tried to stop the raiders, many others were killed- some in combat, the mayor was shot trying to broker a peace deal others were hanged after the fort was re-taken.
When the Civil War began the armory was targeted by the Confederacy which took control of the armory in April 1861 after the small defending union forces retreated and torched the buildings so- much of the original site was destroyed.   

The site is a now a national park.

Today's Pickleball Tournament was a blast, and we raised money for two needy causes; for the Cabrillo College Veterans Center and the Community Grants Program that our club operates annually. ALL funds raised stay LOCAL!


The first batch of photos are ready for viewing and download, the rest of the "action" shots were uploaded on 10/23/23!


Dear Rotarians:

Our October 12 meeting was held just in time to avoid Friday the 13th
We had dinner and no-host wine and bubbles at Fairfield Inn
22 attendees in person

Michele brought 2 guests, Zoe Carter-a visiting  Rotarian and head of the Santa Cruz County Business Council, and  Tracey Weiss from O’Neill Odyssey.  Tracey spoke to us awhile ago- they are both brilliant and charming like Michele and we were lobbying to make them members....

Al rocked us through the Welcome Song- our visitors were impressed.
Side note from the author- 2 of my neighbors heard I was in our Rotary and asked me if we still had that "amazing keyboard player."  YES WE DO.  They also said they'd been to several Rotary and other club meetings, outs was by far the most fun.  Great- spread the word!!

Lowry ran the meeting with his great  mix of good humor and efficiency.  There were several announcements about upcoming events which are on our website-
Pickleball tournament, Street Cleanup and Pumpkin painting

The name for the all-access park at Jade Street has been chosen-Treasure Cove
We are having a evening meeting Thursday  November 2nd at Cantine - details tbd
Trinity, the Interact Club President at Aptos, came in her tennis outfit having just won her match, talked about RYLA, and said she has been to other rotary clubs but now likes ours best (of course?).
We also had two RYLA speakers from Soquel Gabriella Huddelston and Hannah Heitmeyer who spoke and had a power point (like a slide show?). 
They loved the experience and described their time at RYLA as being an encapsulated environment of love, support and empathy where they were taught to be a leader now and beyond, and where they experienced personal development and made personal connections they hope will last far into the future.
They showed a video of the event which is so good it is being used nationally to promote RYLA

Our guest speaker was our state assemblywoman Dawn Addis, who came with her assistant Alexis Garica- Arrazola. Dawn is a former teacher from SLO.   She has her MA in special Ed. She is a Rotarian in Los Osos and she spoke about how she tries to incorporate our motto of "service above self" in her work- its her job, assisted by her staff, to help people in need.  Her district starts at about Santa Cruz Harbor and goes down to SLO County, 3 counties and 15 cities. 
She gave examples such as helping people get EDD, working to get the Capitola Rec Center completed, the recent effort to get the just-signed bill to expedite relief for the Pajaro River flood victims.

Dawn is very approachable, very dedicated to her work and obviously working to help her constituents, which include us, in a wide variety of issues. 

Our next meeting is Thursday October 18 at Seascape

Let's have a good turnout!
Fellow and Female Capitola Aptos Rotarians:

For the many of you who missed it:

Our 10/6 meeting was lunch at Seascape.

Pam led us with her iconic charm and organizational efficiency.

We had 18 attendees- folks- please show up!!!

Dr. Art was absent so we were thoughtless.

Sam was there but no (intentional) joke so we were also humorless.

But what we missed in those we made up for musically: With Rich McAdams on bass and Sam on lead guitar, listeners on the Seascape porch could not have been faulted for thinking Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton were having a Cream revival show, though not sure if Cream ever played the Welcome Song or 4-Way Test song.  Maybe we can adapt one of those to Sunshine of Your Love?

Nice to see Kate!!!
Kate told us there's a free symphony audience social picnic at Paradise Park (off Hwy 9) on October 13 from 4-6.   Meet other music lovers, enjoy food, and learn about the upcoming season from Maestro Daniel Stewart.

We are volunteering at Loves and Fishes Nov. 9 at 9am- Dr. Art is coordinating,

Win was the detective.  He denied it but his questions about Fall seemed taken from one of his wife's elementary school quizzes.
A few things that we learned - pumpkins are native to South America, the Egyptians were the first to use scarecrows
Win had great questions but might want to study up on the names of our members.....

Our guest speaker was Kristen Brown, the Vice mayor of Capitola.
She is quite a good speaker and handled the crowd well.
She is a 4th generation local and is now running for the seat that Zach Friend is vacating.  But she didn't do any campaigning.  She gave a very informative presentation on the many projects going on in Capitola.

Thanks to a concerted effort by many and $10million in funding,  the Capitola wharf rebuild is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2024- weather etc permitting.  The renovations include widening the wharf and adding new concrete coated fiberglass pilings. Kristen diplomatically handled questions about the Coastal Commission's role.   

Kristen also reported that the library was completed, the roadworks in progress include a pedestrian overpass at Chanticleer, and auxiliary lanes; Santa Cruz Metro is adapting its routes to accommodate the changes in ridership and is purchasing about 60 hydrogen powered buses.  Nelson volunteered that he rode the bus recently and greatly enjoyed it.  He lied about his age to get the senior discount though...

The name of the all-access park at Jade Street has been selected- Treasure Cove.  Pam noted that Leo's Haven is already crowded so there's already a need for additional facilities.

Rick Klevins won the raffle but wasn't in attendance to collect
Our next  meeting is Thursday at Fairfield.  The meeting starts at 5- bring beverages.  Dinner starts at 530.  At 6 our RYLA members will give presentations and at 630 Assembly member Dawn Addis will be our guest speaker.  We are greatly looking forward to hearing from our leaders of tomorrow and today.
Hello Capitola Aptos Rotarians:

For the majority of our members-who did not make it to our September, 28 evening meeting at Fairfield Inn

For a change of palate pleasing we had a pizza and salad dinner at a reduced price.
The 18 in-person attendees seemed to enjoy it.  Mardi was on zoom.

We finished most of the wine and champagne the members brought- waste not...
Kelly got a jump on the rest of us at the golf course

We had red solo cups for  Rotacare - that is very millennial of us

Lowry ran the meeting

We had no musicians so no songs

Dr Art quoted Natalie Wood- "The only time you can change a man is when he's a baby."

Mark Twain said "the only person who really wants change is a baby with a wet diaper."

Dostoevsky said "Everyone thinks about changing the world but nobody thinks about changing themselves."

So, if we put those 3 together- are we blaming baby boys for not changing their own diapers?

Check out the calendar for online events. Some of them:

Pickleball tournament Oct. 21st

Park Street cleanup Oct.  22d

Nelson spoke for a few minutes on why/how important this is not only for keeping the street clean but for keeping the trash from washing onto the beach and into the ocean

Pumpkin painting is Saturday the  28th

The memorial of life for Suzy Hamlin was at the big room at Seascape on September 17- many Rotarians were among the hundreds who filled the room to honor and remember Suzy.  Rich gave a heartwarming and tearjerking tribute to her.  She was truly a blessing to the world and was truly loved by many.

Joanie Stokes' 90th (really?) surprise party was at the Seascape porch (our room) on Sept. 24.  There were at least 40 attendees and the surprise was complete....despite the tables of women unable to keep quiet while Joane approached the room and Eric and Ken were trying to shhhhh them so they wouldn't spoil the surprise.  A great time for a great woman.

Joanie's husband Graham was the Detective at our 9/28 meeting
We got a historical geography lesson
We learned : Ethiopia was formerly Abyssinia; Ghana was formerly the Gold Coast, Thailand was formerly Siam.

Nelson quipped, " I met a guy and asked him if he was from Thailand.  He said Yes-siam'"  (say it).....

Our guest speakers were Brian and Jamie King who run the non-profit group Mountains to Sea.  Brian is a former teacher who dedicate his skills to helping kids with problems - Jamie is his life and business partner.

They run the program through local high schools.  They take groups of 10 kids once a week for 12 weeks into nature in a supportive environment and do activities like sailing, hiking and climbing, all tech-free.  For most of the kids it is their first meaningful "outdoor" experience.  
They encourage group participation, trust building and being non-judgmental.  They set small goals that are challenging but achievable.
The responses from the students and the schools are very positive- their program is very successful.

A great organization doing great things for the youth in our communities.

See everyone Thursday at lunch at Seascape!
Dear Rotarians:
Our September 21 meeting was lunch at Seascape.

We had a good turnout- 32 attendees 
UTI was fully present and joined by our guest speaker Diane Syrcke on banjo for the Welcome Song- one of the best renditions ever. 

Sam got his jokes from his phone again - punchlines were attire (a tire); checkmate and toad (towed).
Dr Art’s thought of the day was: if at first you don’t succeed, hide the evidence. Alternate punchline- maybe skydiving isn’t for you
Konstantine was back and brought his friend Donald who is an  attorney traveling the world.  We did not talk shop.
Anders was also back from Europe and promoting Swedish rain gear
Siegfried was a visiting Rotarian from Sunrise 
Nice to see Dr. Matt again- with a 5 year reprieve from the “Name That College” maelstrom that he is unavoidably in.  Wettstein College is seeming more and more like the best choice?
Also wonderful to have Becky with us in person again
Also good to see Judge/Justice/bass guitarist McAdams and to hear his confession about having his fingerprints rejected….unclear why that happened but the irony abounds
Lowry reminded us of the pumpkin painting
We will also be doing a trash cleanup headed by Nelson 
Eric was the detective and asked several questions about football. We did pretty well considering Eric fumbled one question- he didn’t know where the first Super Bowl was played—he can be forgive- it was before he was born
Nelson reminded us that actually the first two games between what was the NFL and AFL were not called Super Bowls
Anissa is taking a leave of absence because of the demands of her new job, she will be sorely missed
Our guest speaker Diane Syrcke is the head of Hospice of Santa Cruz. She has an MBA and an MS in music and showed her talents in both.  She started with the banjo and UTI, gave an outstanding presentation and finished with a song in her operatic voice.  Quite the Renaissance woman.
Diane spoke and gave a power point about the basics of hospice caregiving and the particular qualities and programs that Hospice of Santa Cruz offers.  As a non-profit it provides more services than for-profit organizations and it continually ranks highest in reviews.
Hospice of Santa Cruz started in 1978.  It offers transitional care, hospice and pediatric care. The hospice component is to provide palliative and transitional care and grief support for the family.
  Services are provided to anyone who needs them.  Medicare pays for hospice and nobody is ever turned away.
They have recently begun a program called Kid wise - for kids up to age 20 who have medically limiting conditions.  The program was made possible by the Affordable Care Act.  They also have a youth grief camo for kids 7-17.
Obviously close to her heart, they also provide music therapy which has been extremely helpful.
Sharing also a bit of what it was the Aptos Chamber Business Showcase
Pam, Lowry, Nelson and Doug, represented the Club at the table interacting with many. The surprise of the Event was Lowry winning the raffle, not once but TWICE!! That's a Champ!  
Our next meeting is Thursday September 28 at the Fairfield Inn on 41st Ave. at 5 pm.  Let’s have another big turnout!
Our September 7 meeting was lunch at Seascape.  We had 16 members in person and two on zoom.  Folks:  let’s try to get more people attending in person.  If you need help with transportation or zoom please  ask. One of the strengths of rotary is development of friendships and teamwork.  The in person meetings are the best way to develop and maintain those.
There was a dearth of music- no Al, Sam Welcome Song or 4 way test song.  In fact we didn’t even have a bell.  Ken offered to have his bell rung but since none of the attendees were his clients there were no takers.

Pam brought guest Bob Gloye.  They went to junior high together.  Bob is retired and a member of the Almaden Valley Rotary.

Dr Art had the thought of the day: Righteous indignation is jealousy with a halo

Rich’s humor was telling an anecdote and having members guess the jokester- Bill knew it was Rodney Dangerfield who said he joined AA with the caveat,  “I still drink, but do it using a different name”
The county fair starts Wednesday and we have some members participating so let’s get out there and show support.  Laura’s baked goods will be on display Saturday morning
We’re looking to reschedule the beach cleanup
We’re going to be sponsoring pumpkin painting in late October – no kids with knives.  Details to develop. 
December 9 will be the next Wine Wander in Aptos – a good opportunity to raise money and drink wine- doesn’t get much better than that.

Dr Art was the Detective.  He subject was the month of October.  We learned that October is Cat month, blueberry popsicle month, self-improvement month, whole grains month and Hispanic International Dancing month.  To show our support we will be having a self-improvement day where we will be learning Spanish dancing with a meal made from whole grains followed by dessert of blueberry popsicles.  The cats were invited but declined saying they are already perfect and will scratch anyone who tries to make them dance.
Our guest speaker was Brenda Birrell of the Global Uplift Project.  Brenda has degrees in physics and education from Cambridge.  She was a pioneering woman in Silicon Valley tech but moved to education as a counselor at Los Altos HS in 2007.  They generated the idea of raising money for beneficial projects via many small donations by starting with getting donations from kids in high school.  The program has been a great success.  It raises funds for projects like schools, wells, birthing centers and sewing centers in poor countries. Kenya, Nepal, Cameroon, Nicaragua, Indonesia and Tanzania.  Rotary clubs helped fund the projects in Kenya, Indonesia and Nicaragua.

Brenda spoke about the Save A Girl Project which provides washable sanitary pads and accessories so menstruating girls aren’t kept home from school or embarrassed.   She noted that misconceptions about menstruation also contribute to young girls becoming very young mothers or forced to marry- the project seeks to end those.
The Second Annual Pickleball Tournament hosted by Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club's registration  link is live on Eventbrite! 
ALL proceeds raised from this event benefit our local non profits and youth scholarship programs as well as the Cabrillo College Veterans. 
 Want to see the fun we had at the 2022 Pickleball Tournament? Watch the video on our YouTube via this link:
Or on our TikTok or Instagram! 
Dear fellow Rotarians:

Our August 24 meeting was at the Fairfield Inn at 5pm.
We had 20 ish attendees. 

Pam ran the meeting with her usual panache.

Since this next meeting happens on the 5th Thursday of the month there is no meeting- it is a service day.  We are helping at Second Harvest at 10 am, Aug 31st, 2023.

Anissa brought guest JM Brown, chief of staff to Bruce McPherson- great guy with lots of insights and sense of humor

Nelson brought his sister Tracy who is charming and also got the hair and looks in the family.

President Pam repeated that we need more attendees at the meeting- Hey- NON ATTENDEES: WTH? (WTH means What The Heck?!)  a big part of Rotary is camaraderie, as well as participation in our events.  Start showing up!!!

Dr Art had the thought for the day : if at first don’t succeed don’t tell anyone.

Long-ago deposed Prez. Ken is hosting a hike through Nisene Marks forest this Saturday September 2nd.  Meet at his house at 365 Danube drive by 10 am if you want to go.  Hike will be about 3 miles, 90 minutes.  A hill or two and the trails are getting a little dusty so wear shoes/sneakers with a good tread.  There will be a rehydration meeting on Ken's front lawn starting 11:30-noonish.  Folks are welcome to attend that even if they miss the hike.  Guests are welcome.
If the weather cooperates Ken will also open his pool. Beverages are free but all Rotarian attendees are expected to donate to Rotary.

Our next beach cleanup is September 9th

Pickleball clinic is at Win's September 10th.  See him or Lowry for details.

Mardi spoke about a school in Africa that she is helping fund raise for. The Event is held September 23rd at Common Roots Farms 11am to 3pm.

Lowry said there will be an event on 10/28 for the reveal of the playground design for the new Jade Street park- pumpkin painting? maybe a Rotary booth?

He also reminded us that signups for all the events are being sent on line.

Mardi was the detective. She ransomed Ken’s wallet back to him. 

Our guest speaker was Doron Comerchero from Food What. He is from the Bronx but is a Mets fan.

Our August 17 meeting featured a panel of elected officials discussing Government / Community Organization Partnerships.
Capitola City Council Member Yvette Brooks started by describing the Jade Street project, which includes a Universally Accessible Playground. Universally accessible playgrounds give access to children of all abilities, encouraging them to break social barriers and play together.  
The City of Capitola has allocated $475,000 towards the project, and County Parks Friends will lead community fundraising of an additional $1,000,000.   Capitola - Aptos Rotary plans to work together with other Santa Cruz County Rotary Clubs to contribute to the fundraising campaign, similar to what we did for LEO's Haven in Live Oak.
Cupertino Mayor and Rotary District 5170 Governor Hung Wei spoke about her experiences with similar projects in both local government and Rotary.   Key to success is getting the entire community involved, as everyone will benefit from the playground as a gathering place for residents and visitors.
Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend worked on LEO’s Haven with Tricia Wiltshire Potts.  Zach said that community member collaboration with government works best when everyone agrees on the need, and then works together to explore and find the right solution.
Club members Paul and Lisa Duren spoke about the inclusivity, development and social benefits of UA playground, drawing on their experience as parents of a differently abled child. While their daughter Kayla has passed away, this project will benefit children and their families like Kayla. DG Hung Wei was moved, and contributed $1000 to kick off our fundraising drive! Thanks Hung
Other community members attending included Tricia Wiltshire Potts from County Park Friends, Rotary Assistant Governor Kristin Fabos, Karen and John HIbble from the Aptos Chamber of Commerce, Steve Bennett and Sylvia Hernandez from Freedom Rotary, Richard Emigh from Surf City Kiwanis, Past District Governor Ron Sekkel, and Sam Storey, former Capitola Mayor.   These and the other guests got to hear all members sing the club welcome song, accompanied by video of Sam and Rich McAdams.
DG Hung Wei recognized Dr. Art Dover for his Paul Harris Society membership and substantial history of contributions and service projects for Rotary.    
We also photographed Hung with all Red Badge members.
The Club's next meeting is  a dinner meeting on Thursday 8/24 5pm at the Fairfield Marriott - we’ll learn about the FoodWhat?! youth program. 
So we have enough food provided by our caterer, Busy Bee's, please register at
Our August 3 meeting was lunch at Seascape
We had a low turnout- only few attendees in person and none on zoom
Are the rest of you on vacation? Still hungover from debunking?

Lowry multi tasked- running the meeting and doing the tech since Nelson was elsewhere- well done though Mr. co-President

Welcome back Dave DeMatteis! It had been about 2 years?
Dave said he'd been over the hill(geographically) and had some health issues but he looks great and still has that resonant baritone voice like a classic radio announcer.

Nice to see Mardi in person
Anissa looked very patriotic in her red white and blue outfit
Our only guest was our speaker

Dr Art's thought for the day was a quote about the strength of a nation not being based on the stature of its leaders but the stature of the millions of mediocre people who strive to make it excel

Rich told the daily joke: this one was about how kids learn that drinking whiskey will prevent worms

Lowry played a video of Lisa speaking about her daughter to announce the good news that the design of the all access park in Capitola was accepted!
Aug 31st  is our service day at Second Harvest

Our next beach cleanup is Sept 9th
Which is also the weekend of the Capitola art and wine festival

The efforts to support the bookclub for kleptomaniacs has failed because they took everything literally

Matt was the detective and the topic was dogs in recognition of dog days
Among other things we learned:
Collie was the most popular breed in 1905
Only 77 million dogs in the USA

Matt is looking forward to not being dogged (sorry) about the Cabrillo name change after the vote next week.
Solution proposed by us- Wetstein U.  All in favor?
Continuing on the dog theme, our Guest speakers was Melissa Wolf of UnchainedMelissa gave a presentation about her non profit organization which has local  disadvantaged and at risk youth train abandoned dogs as mutual therapy.  After an 8 work interactive program the dogs are fostered out to welcoming families.  The kids are coping with disabilities, abuse, addiction, incarcerated parents or combinations of those.  The dogs have been abandoned or returned to shelters.  The kids and dogs share past experiences of abuse and abandonment and so there is a natural empathy.  Also, unlike humans, dogs are honest about their emotions, loyal and non-judgmental,

Shelters are overflowing now as there was a surge people not being able/willing to cope with dogs after taking them in during covid.  90% of the dogs in the program are adopted. 

Melissa said that many of the kids are skeptical of their future- they expect to die young, not have opportunity.  Maybe helping dog can change that- the kids report  feel better about future

The program got a resounding endorsement from director of Monterey county youth probation.

They are trying to expand into jails Santa Cruz and to hire a therapist for the kids.

A wonderful program- Melissa offered an invitation to anyone who wants to attend the next graduation ceremony but warns to bring tissues.

Michele B won the lottery but...she was taking her boy to college so no winner.
Membership Monday was Aug 7th at  Cantine and it was fun! We had Laura, Michele, Bill, Art, Sandie, Mardi and Pam who brought her guest Tarah-let's cheer for her to join us too! 
Guess Who: Trivia photos taken last week for detective/fundraising:
Our next meeting is at Fairfleld Inn.
Our July 20 meeting was at Seascape.  For those of you who showed up someplace on July 27- we had no meeting because we had the debunking at Michele's house.... We had 25 attendees

One of our guests was Lexus Castrejon, our scholarship recipient from Aptos HS.  She is going to SFSU to study criminal justice and forensic pathology.

Michele brought her guest Erica Padilla Chavez who we would like to have as a member
Mindy Pedaler joined us along with our guest speaker Andrea Hart from Cabrillo Stage/Drama
Mindy gave a thank you speech to Rotary for supporting her magician's troupe when she was a kid-and she made a $20 donation.

Dr Art's thought for the day:
Freedom is a fragile thing and never more than one generation away

Sam provided the joke: before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes.  That way when you criticize them you will be a mile away and they won't have any shoes. 
Truly the Rotarian spirit

Sam led in the Welcome Song- Rocking it on guitar and with his Elvis-like voice
Trivia photos taken last week for detective/fundraising:
Guess the legs
Guess the hat
Guess the head
Where is Nelson’s Sports Bar?  Only 2 people have correctly answered before

Membership Monday is August 7
We need volunteers for committees for service projects
District 5170 has started a Climate Action Project and a solar panel project needs members/volunteers

Rich was the joker- his R rated joke about a Freudian slip was funny but your author is not going to write it

Our guest speaker was Andrea Hart, the artistic director at Cabrillo Stage.  She gave a great presentation on the ongoing showing of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Completely unbiased- Matt says it was great.  Also unbiased and raving about it- Michele and pretty much everyone else who has seen it.

Andrea took us through the production from deciding on what play to put on through the development of the sets (fabulous), costumes, assembly of the cast and choir, rehearsals and a few teasing trailers.
 Mindy said it is the best choir she ever heard in her 30+ years.
The set is 3 stories.  Its construction has been overseen by Skip Epperson who has trained generations of students, many of whom are now professionals but come back to help here.  That shows.

Sue won the lottery!  Unfortunately, just ours, not the $978 million power ball.

The debunking at Michele's was fabulous- perfect weather, great tributes and playful fun about Kendra and Laura, fabulous food, questionable alcoholic beverages (but no shortage) and the awesome accommodations at Michele and Dean's place.

See everyone today at Seascape!!!
Our July 13th meeting was in the evening at the Fairfield Inn.
We had  22 attendees in person and 2 on zoom

Pam and Lowry ran their first meeting as co-presidents effortlessly-meant in the good way-not lack of effort

There were several announcements about our participation in recent projects/events- the July 4 beer and wine pour; the Aptos Wine wander and the Rio del Mar beach cleanup, and our service day at Loaves and Fishes.

We had no musicians so no music.

Michele announced the fund raising Pedal for Rising International and Monarch Fundraising which we have supported in their efforts against sex trafficking and a fundraising effort for Ukrainian refugees

Michele's guest was Erica, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank…she is joining…as soon as she get a house in SC County – and her offer was accepted while we were in our meeting….so we are on our way!!

Tricia Potts guest was Heather who is a nurse focusing on helping kids who have experienced drug problems, abuse and other trauma, and she is also a life coach.  Let's push to get her to join!.

Ken reminded members about the debunking which is Tuesday 7/25 at Michele's house at 133 Cutter Drive on the lake in Watsonville.  $65 per ticket, food and beverages and entertainment included as we honor and perhaps tease our just-past co-presidents Laura and Kendra and thank them for their service.
Lowry has sent out an e-vite, please RSVP, it’s very easy

Paul was the Detective- 2 meetings in a row!
Members did fairly well with the questions.  Those of us who did not know the answers learned, among other things:

The new President of Rotary International is Gordon McNally and this year's theme is "Create Hope in the World."

We also learned about key calendar events to plan our lives around: National Whistleblower Day; National daiquiri day; Lollipop day; and Gran Mariner day

Our guest speaker was Tricia Wiltshire who spearheaded the construction of the inclusive playground at Leo's Haven.  She said she was just a mom with a kid with needs and no experience in fundraising but obviously great determination.  She spoke and had a slide show about her new project which is to build a universal playground at Jade Street park.  There's a million dollar fundraising effort including the city of Capitola and non-profits.  She said this project is moving much faster than Leo's Haven.

Our June 22 meeting was dinner at the Fairfield Inn.
We had about 24 attendees in person, Michele B and Mardi on Zoom

Dave brought Jessica as his guest-

It was Julie’s 37th birthday and she was serenaded with an a capella Happy Birthday Cookies

Kendra lead the meeting with her usual and irrepressible exuberance. This was her last time leading the meeting for at least this term of her co-presidency as there is a regime change starting this week- Lowry and Pam are taking over as Co-Presidents

Kendra announce that we will be co-sponsoring the Aptos Wine Wander on July 1, with Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Assoc. It is in Aptos village and costs $50 to attend.
We get 20 per cent of net profit from the event. Attendees will get to visit and taste at 14-17 wineries/businesses.
We will have a table there-ostensibly to provide information about our club but also perhaps to sleep under after 14-17 wine samples!
We need afternoon volunteers.

We are once again celebrating the spirit of the USA by plying Fourth of July celebrants at Aptos Village Park with beer and making money off their thirst and inebriation. We may still need a few volunteers.

We are also doing a Beach cleanup 7/5 at Rio del Mar beach, Dagmar is unavailable so Lowry is coordinating.
There is (unfortunately) likely to be much trash to pick up following the July 4 holiday. Meet at 10am on Weds July 5th at RDM Beach.

Dr. Art provided 2 thoughts  of the day: No amount of evidence will ever persuade an idiot; and Kindness is a virtue the deaf can hear and blind can see.

Another big event: the Debunking of Kendra and Laura is 7/25 at Michele’s estate/yacht club starting at 5 pm.  It will be catered.  Alcohol will be provided by members are also encouraged to BYOB.  Ticket prices are being worked out.  It is doubtless going to be much fun though there is much less to material to tease Kendra and Laura about then there was for Ken last year...
Still, anyone who wants a chance at the microphone please contact Ken.

Our June 15, 2023 meeting was a lunch at Seascape Golf Course, and we covered a very important topic: Scammers and Scams. 
*Sept 2023 Update* 
60 Minutes recently had a segment on scam/frauds that are commonly happening, please watch this video to learn about frequently used scams so you can protect yourself AGAINST this. 
The entire June talk our club had was recorded as well, and the link is available to view on YouTube!  Please watch this so you do not become a victim of these horrible, morally corrupt scammers.
A portion of the proceeds support the Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club's Grants Program through our Club's Foundation! 
To get more details or to purchase your ticket ($45 if purchased before 6/15!) visit this link! 

Join us in the heart of Aptos for an afternoon of wine tasting. Discover local Santa Cruz Mountains wineries, while strolling through Aptos Village businesses. The Wine Wander is a partnership with the Capitola-Aptos Rotary, Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Aptos Village Businesses.

Tickets are $45 before June 1, $50 after June 15

Participating Wineries: 
Aptos Vineyard
Bargetto Winery
Big Basin Vineyards
Doon to Earth
El Vaquero Winery
Integrity Wines
Kings Mountain Vineyard
La Vida Bella Vineyard
Left Bend Winery
Lester Estate Wines
Sante Arcangeli Family Wines
Silver Mountain Vineyards
Villa del Monte
Windy Oaks Estate Vineyards & Winery

Participating Businesses:
Aptos Vineyards Tasting Room
Betty Burgers
CaliCoastal Boutique
Cantine Winepub
Caroline’s Thrift Shop
Doon to Earth Tasting Lounge
Magnolia Fine Gifts & Gallery
New Leaf Community Market
Sante Arcangeli Tasting Lounge
Sarah’s European Skin Care

Our June 1 lunch meeting was at Seascape 
We had 27 attendees in person and two on zoom
To celebrate the month Kelly and Doug wore shorts.  The rest of us are still cold. The shorts were a great contrast to Eric’s suit.  Our club embraces a variety.
Sam, Al  and ( his Honor) Rich , “Under the Influence,” did fabulous versions of the Welcome Song and 4 Way test song.
Other great bands with three word names are known by catchy initials: CCR, BTO, ELO…Maybe not this band, “ And now, Capitola, Aptos Rotary proudly gives you: UTI!!!”
Dave brought his granddaughter Leighanna
Anissa sent her friend Jess Kile as a prospective member.  Jess is a pediatric oncology nurse at Stanford and lives in Aptos
Let’s do what we can to convince her to be a member
Dr. Art’s thought for the day: don’t speak to the press, they are likely to report what you said.
Ken's joke of the day is too long for the brevity required for the Hub.
Since June has five Thursdays, the last Thursday will be a service day.  We will not have a club meeting that day, but all members are encouraged to volunteer at Loaves and fishes in Watsonville, starting at 11 AM. Probably going to 1-130

LINK to download photos from the 2023 Derby Party Fundraiser! 
All photos were taken by our amazing photographer (and Rotarian!) Mardi Padilla of Marmi Photography! 
And a HUGE Thank you to our event sponsors: 
Costello Wealth Strategies: 
Aptos Travel Clinic:
Penrose, Chun & Gorman Law Offices
Bay Federal Credit Union
Fast Eddy's Billiards
1st Capital Bank:
Franklin Templeton Investments:
Our In-Kind considerations to make this event a success were provided by:
Specialized Helicopters
Marmi Photography
Integrity Wines
And donations made that were used in our raffle and as contest prizes were donated by:
Revelry Coolers
Cantine Winepub
Trader Joe's Capitola
Thank you to everyone who came and supported this event, we cannot wait to see you next year for the Second Annual Capitola-Aptos Rotary Kentucky Derby Party Fundraiser on Saturday, May 4, 2024! 
Our May 26 meeting was  dinner at the Fairfield Inn in Capitola, our speaker was Supervisor Zach Friend and we had three of our seven scholarship recipients in attendance! 
We had about 25 members in person, none on zoom, five guests and three of our scholarship recipients.  We had to borrow chairs from the lounge and napkins from the restrooms. We had far too much macaroni salad, but that sweet potato casserole (AKA the Vegan tofu meal that everyone thought was for them, not just the vegan eaters!!) was a big hit and the chicken with optional barbecue sauce was delicious

Remember that there is no bar there so we are relying on members to bring wine!  Several of us did but not enough-we ran out of wine too: that’s bordering on inexcusable, especially since there’s no corkage fee (unlike the notorious rule at one of our other venues).

Music was provided by an illustrious trio.  Members could be forgiven for mistaking their voice for the Kingston Trio or the Three Tenors while their rock ‘n’ roll evoked memories of rock god trios like  Cream or Emerson, Lake and Palmer.  But it was our very own Al DeCamara, Sam Nigh and Rich McAdams, performing under the moniker of Under the Influence. Which might explain Al's exuberance as detective. 

By now, most everyone knows of the tragic death of our dear Suzi Hamlin, killed by a drunk driver, crossing the road in Virginia in the middle of Rich and Suzi’s cross country vacation.  Co-PE Pam flew back to help Rich. Rotarians have been sending him our heartfelt condolences.  Despite the unimaginable grief and shock, Rich took the time to send thanks for our support and for the camaraderie and compassion of Rotary that has been shown to him.

Prior to the start of the meeting, Laura led us in observing a moment of silence in memory of Suzi and in support of Rich.

Two of our three new red badges were in attendance, Rich McAdams, and Lisa Harvey-Duren.

Our three scholarship recipients in attendance were Olivia Harris from Soquel HS and Samantha French and Jordi Martinez from Aptos HS.

Michele brought her friend Gayle Pitman, VP of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success at Hartnell College.

Eric brought his friend David and David's daughter. The daughter is Samatha French, one of our Scholarship recipients. 

Michele announced that Sip for Second Harvest is June 25 from 1-4 pm at Seascape Golf club.

Our next Membership Monday Happy Hour is at Cantine at  5:30 to 7:00 on June 5th.

Our second May meeting was at dinner at the Fairfield by Marriott in Capitola.
We had about 25 attendees in person and 3 on zoom. The catered food got good reviews. Several people remembered to bring wine and we could use
more next time.

We have tentatively admitted 3 new members, including Claire McAdams’ husband Rich, or as he is formally known, the Honorable Justice Richard McAdams. He was the youngest Superior Court Judge in California and served in Santa Cruz County for 30 years before being appointed to the court of appeals.

Our club now has 3 lawyers, a judge, and the son of one of the most prominent lawyers in the Bay Area. An unfortunate demographic?
The jury is still out (sorry).
Fortunately our 2 other new members are not in the legal profession.    Jack Hunt is an ‘almost retired’ mechanical engineer.   Lisa Harvey-Duren, wife of member Paul Duren, is a patient advocate and advisor for pharmaceutical companies.

Kendra ran the meeting with her usual exuberance.
Sam and Al were absent and the welcome song appeared lost until Kelly lead an impromptu a cappella version, and his signature baritone. Kelly had a lot of energy in this meeting, much like he had behind the bar at the Derby party.

The Inaugural Derby party raised over $5000.   We had more than 50 attendees.  It was a bit disappointing that only 13 of them were members.  Everyone had a great time, good venue, pleasant, and as always, it was for a good cause.  We hope to have much better club turnout next year.

Eric picked the winning horse, rumors that he can retire on that are unconfirmed.

The winner of the ladies hat contest was Michele‘s neighbor. And it cost $3000. Just saying

Co president in waiting Lowry discussed the survey that will be going to the members regarding meetings.

Kendra reminded everyone of Saturday’s car seat drive

In Dr. Art's absence Craig has a thought for the day : we should make our passwords “incorrect“. Makes great sense

Deposed president, Ken was the detective. There were a number of questions about Rotary History and unrelated historical events that occurred on May 11.

Kelly correctly answered: what actor starred in Casablanca, the big sleep , and the Maltese falcon? Humphrey Bogart

He also correctly answered: who married Lauren Bacall, won an Oscar for the African Queen, and died in 1957?
Also, Humphrey Bogart
The problem is that the question posed was: who was the first Rotarian to walk on the moon? Twice because it seemed he didn’t hear it the first time.

Our guest speaker was Sophia Shwierzke of  Central Coast Community Energy.
She gave a PowerPoint on her company that purchases alternative energy from various sources in California and Arizona and sells it to PG&E customers for less than PG&E charges.
Their rates are about 18% less for residential customers

Rick asked why California energy prices were so much higher than other states. She did not know. Per the state of Nebraska, which has the cheapest energy in the country, California energy costs are more expensive than every state except Hawaii, Washington, about 80% above the national average.

Rick also asked if the high prices were because California is a one-party state.
Your author has been a California attorney for 35 years and has not seen the law limiting us to one party.  Is that per year, per household? Does it apply to nonprofit corporations?
Without admitting anything, your author might be a serial offender – we have birthday parties, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, parties, football parties, pool parties and I’d better stop there.  I will ask the rest of the clubs legal brain-trust to make sure we are not running a-foul of the one party rule.

Laura pointed out to our guest speaker that actually some of the power sources on the map on her PowerPoint were in Arizona, and Nevada, not California. That type of tactful, cross examination, might warrant admission into the legal brain-trust.

The debunking of Kendra and Laura will be July 25  at the Watsonville yacht club, otherwise known as Michele Bassi’s residence. Start time will be 5–5 thirtyish. More details to follow.
Our April 20 meeting was at Seascape.
We had about 20 attendees in person and Sue, Becky and Nelson  on Zoom

We had no musicians, so no opening songs.

Very nice to see Stan Abraham in person - that should happen more often

Dr Art gave the thought for the day: Righteous indignation is just jealousy with a halo!

Ken related a story from a client, upon visiting a clinic in a town in New Zealand, saw a plaque honoring Dr. Art Dover of Santa Cruz, California for stemming a local epidemic. Years later, Dr Art cured the same client of a parasitic infection that no other doctors had been able to diagnose, let alone!

We were graced with the presence of Paul's wife Lisa who is a new prospective member.  Lisa is a pharmacy rep.  She also attended our last Membership Monday at Cantine.  Lisa impressed everyone and by consensus will be a great addition to the club.

Lowry brought a prospective member too-Jack Hunt, a retired engineer.  Jack was also at the Membership Monday and has a fascinating background.  He would also be a great member.

Kendra reminded everyone of the May 6 Kentucky Derby party.  We were treated to suggestions for hats via from Kendra and Laura.   It was hard not to believe we were not at Paris Fashion Week. Until Laura modeled the St. Patrick's Day hat.....

Remember to bring wine to tonight's meeting at Fairfield.  To clarify- 2 bottles to donate to the Derby party-not to drink....

Win hosted the pickleball tournament for which Matt Weinstein was the successfull bidder at the Willy Roast and auction. Lowry and Laura rant the event. Matt, his wife Eileen, and six others attended. By all accounts it was a great success.

The Area 7 social is May 9 at Kaiser arena in downtown Santa Cruz- tickets are $5 at the door.

Laura and Nelson provided more information on District Governor Savita's Independence Through Hygienes project in India and Africa. Feminine hygiene products are generally unavailable to impoverished girls/young women who miss school during their cycle and eventually drop out, limiting their life choices. The club is making a $1,000 donation.

The Detective was Rich
He chose golf and SIRS as his topics- clearly catering to a select audience but geographically appropriate. We learned that SIRS stands for something generic like Seniors in Retirement but that other than playing golf they serve no function, so that's 2 strikes.  Rich, Doug, Lowry and Stan are members

Our guest speaker was veterinarian Marianne Burtch the founder of Birchbark Foundation.  Birchbark is a non-profit corporation that provides donated/discounted vet services for people and families who can't afford expensive procedures for pets when the pets are important to their owner's health and peace of mind.

The Foundation arranges 24-hour hospital services for domestic animals with the goal of providing the necessary treatment to reunite the pets with their loved ones.  They work with veterinarians in the community to give discounts for their services and Birchbark pays 50% of the remaining bill.  They have frank discussions with pet owners to make sure there is a good prognosis for the pets or, if not, the need for euthanasia.  Birchbark also provides grief support and educational webinars on pet care, emergency preparedness and preventable conditions.  One of the biggest conditions they face is urinary tract infections in un-spayed females.

Dr. Burtch noted the increased emotional reliance on pets during the severe parts of the Covid epidemic and how important the human-pet bond is.  She also said what we pet-lovers know- our pets provide unconditional love and are not judgmental.

Birchbark saved its first pet in 2013. That animal lived another ten years-just recently passing away.  The Foundation subsidizes emergency services for several pets every week, 32 so far this year.

Dr. Burtch showed a touching video about Birchbark's services.  We had some audio problems but the visuals alone were moving. To see it with sound, click here
BTW- Dr. Burtch is also a Stanford grad...

See everyone at Fairfield TONIGHT, not today. $20 fine for anyone caught going to the wrong place and/or the wrong time.

Buy your Derby Party tickets!!
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