Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 12, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERs

The dedication for Leo’s Haven will be Oct 13th.  The address is 1975 Chanticleer Ave and the festivities will take place from 10:00 to 2:00. If you signed up to help set up please arrive by 8:30.

We will be doing weeding at the The Farm Park in Soquel, a project for the restoration of Native Plants. The park is up from Soquel Drive (near Fairway): north on Harden, then to the right on Tee. It will be Saturday November 3 at 9:00 AM. This will replace our usual beach clean-up. 

Friday Oct 26th will be the date for the dinner honoring our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s Woman of the Year. Make checks out to Aptos Seascape for $85 and give them to Doug to reserve our table.

 

 

          Our district governor Tim Lundell was our speaker today. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and came to California in 1972 to attend law school at Santa Clara University, and to start a law practice which continues today. 

 

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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 05, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERs
The dedication for Leo’s Haven will be Oct 13th.  The address is 1975 Chanticleer Ave from 1 and the festivities will take place from 10:00 to 2:00
We will be doing weeding at the The Farm Park in Soquel, a project for the restoration of Native Plants. The park is up from Soquel Drive (near Fairway): north on Harden, then to the right on Tee. It will be Saturday November 3 at 9:00 AM. This will replace our usual beach clean-up. 
The District Governor’s visit is scheduled for Oct 11th. We will meet in the big room that day.
Friday Oct 26th will be the date for the dinner honoring our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s Woman of the Year. Make checks out to Aptos Seascape for $85 and give them to Doug to reserve our table.
Sandie will be honored by the Volunteer Center for a "Be the Difference" award at a luncheon at the Coconut Grove on Wed, Oct 24, 11:30.  If interested in going see Pam.
Remember to turn in your Rotary Foundation Pledge Cards to John Fisher in the next two weeks! We would like to have them turned in before the district governors visit!
Peggy Townsend was our speaker today. She writes for UCSC and is a former Sentinel journalist. She is currently a mystery writer and spoke to us today about her career transition. The title of her first book is See Her Run.
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 27, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Come and participate in the Sunrise Rotary bike ride event for Leo’s Haven on Saturday Sept 29th or help with clean-up on Saturday October 6th. The dedication itself will be at the park at 1975 Chanticleer on October 13th from 10:00 to 2:00

We will be doing weeding at the The Farm Park in Soquel, a project for the restoration of native plants. The park is up from Soquel Drive ,north on Harden, right on Tee. It will be Saturday November 3 at 9:00 AM. This will replace our usual beach clean-up. 

Avenues of Service will be on Oct 4th from 4:00-9:00. The club will pay the fee of $49.50 if you wish to go. See Pam for more information.

The District Governor’s visit is scheduled for Oct 11th. We will meet in the big room that day.

Friday Oct 26th will be the date for the dinner honoring our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s Woman of the Year. Make checks out to Aptos Seascape for $85 and give them to Doug to reserve our table.

Sandie will be honored by the Volunteer Center for a "Be the Difference" award at a luncheon at the Coconut Grove on Wed, Oct 24, 11:30.  If interested in going see Pam.

Dr. Art will be bringing flu vaccine the next few weeks for those both over and under 65.

Sept 29th will be the Freedom and Watsonville Rotary Clubs Burrito Bash at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds.  There will be great food and entertainment. Go and support our neighbor clubs! 

Remember to turn in your Rotary Foundation Pledge Cards to John Fisher in the next two weeks! We would like to have them turned in before the district governor's visit!

 

Cindy Jackson spoke to us today about the state of the libraries. She is on the Friends of the Library board at the La Selva Beach branch .

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 21, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Come and participate in the Sunrise Rotary bike ride event for Leo’s Haven on Saturday Sept 29th or sign up with Doug to help with clean-up on Saturday October 6th. The dedication itself will be at the park at 1975 Chanticleer on October 13th from 10:00 to 2:00

Avenues of Service will be on Oct 4th from 4:00-9:00. The club will pay the fee of $49.50 if you wish to go. See Pam for more information.

The District Governor’s visit is scheduled for Oct 11th. We will meet in the big room that day.

Friday Oct 26th will be the date for the dinner honoring our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s Woman of the Year. Make checks out to Aptos Seascape for $85 and give them to Doug to reserve our table.

Dr Art will be bringing flu vaccine the next few weeks for those both over and under 65.

Sept 29th will be the Freedom and Watsonville Rotary Clubs Burrito Bash at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds.  There will be great food and entertainment. Go and support our neighbor clubs! 

Remember to turn in your Rotary Foundation Pledge Cards to John Fisher in the next two weeks! We would like to have them turned in before the district governor's visit.

          Assemblyman Mark Stone, the assemblyman for District  29 which includes Santa Cruz Count was our speaker today (On the right in photo above). He is in his third term. He is the chair of the judiciary committee and on several other committees including banking and finance.

          

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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 14, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Come and participate in the Sunrise rotary bike ride event for Leo’s Haven  on Saturday Sept 29th or help with clean-up the week before the dedication on October 13th.  Clean-up day will be Saturday October 6th.

Avenues of Service will be on Oct 4th from 4:00-9:00. The club will pay the fee of $49.50 if you wish to go. See Pam for more information.

The District Governor’s visit is scheduled for Oct 11th. We will meet in the big room that day.

Friday Oct 26th will be the date for the dinner honoring our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s Woman of the Year. Make checks out to Aptos Seascape for $85 and give them to Doug to reserve our table.

Dr Art will be bringing flu vaccine the next few week for those both over and under 65.

Sept 29th will be the Freedom and Watsonville Rotary Clubs Burrito Bash at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds.  There will be great food and entertainment. Go and support our neighbor clubs! 

Aaron Lowe, the new fire chief for the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District was our speaker today. He is from Chico and is a 24 year veteran of the Fire Service. He has also served as a member of the U.S. Forest Service’s incident management team

 

aptos fire chief Pamela Arnsberger 2018-09-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 07, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Come and participate in the Sunrise rotary bike ride event for Leo’s Haven  on Saturday Sept 29th or help with clean-up the week before the dedication on October 13th.  Sign up with Doug. More details later.

Avenues of Service will be on Oct 4th from 4:00-9:00. The club will pay the fee of $49.50 if you wish to go. See Pam for more information.

The District Governor’s visit is scheduled for Oct 11th. We will meet in the big room that day.

Friday Oct 26th will be the date for the dinner honoring our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s Woman of the Year. Save the date!

Dr Art will be bringing flu vaccine next week for those both over and under 65.

Sept 29th will be the Freedom and Watsonville Rotary Clubs Burrito Bash at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds.  There will be great food and entertainment. Go and support our neighbor clubs! 

 

Dr. Julie Macecevic from the Walnut Ave Family and Women’s Center was our speaker today (pictured above with Anissa Novak).  Julie is a clinical psychologist who has had years of counseling experience with women and youth. She spent 27 months as a peace corps volunteer in Morocco. 

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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 24, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Keith’s annual summer party will be Sunday August 26th at 3:00. There will be games and refreshments. Bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre to share if you wish!
Save Aug 30th for Win’s debunking. It will begin around 5:30 at Santa Cruz Yacht Club.  Cost is $40 at the door. Please note: The club itself will be dark that day.
Come and participate in the sunrise rotary bike ride event for Leo’s Haven  on Saturday Sept 29th or help with clean-up the week before the dedication on October 13th. See Doug for more details.
There will be an Area 7 Rotary mixer will be on Oct 9th from 5:00-7:00. There is a $5.00 fee for hors d’oeuvre and drinks. This event is just for Rotary members to get to know each other in our area.   
Avenues of Service will be on Oct 4th from 4:00-9:00. The club will pay the fee of $49.50 if you wish to go. See Pam for more information.
Kent benedict spoke to us about a scholarship fund set up in the name of our dearly missed Dr. Stan Hajduk. To donate go to keck.usc.edu/giving/classof1968.
Friday Oct 26th will be the dinner for our own Michelle Bassi, this year’s woman of the year. Save the date!
Dian Corneliussen from Metavivor came to speak to us today about creating awareness for metastatic breast cancer.  She is a local person who retired from the air force, after working on cases of people who did not return from Vietnam.
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 17, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Keith’s annual summer party will be Sunday August 26th at 3:00. There will be games and refreshments. Bring your favorite to share if you wish!
Save Aug 30th for Win’s debunking. It will begin around 5:00 at Santa Cruz Yacht Club. Note: The club itself will be dark that day.
Saturday August 18th Cabrillo Stage has set aside seats for The Producers for SIRS and CAP Rotary for the 2pm matinee.  If you are interested in joining us tickets are $40 each and can be ordered by calling Cabrillo Stage at (831) 479-6154. 
Saturday August 25th the Derby Girls will be playing at the Santa Cruz City Auditorium at 6:45pm.  General Admission tickets are $17 each and they will help coordinate a section for us. Call the box office at 831-420-5260.
Come and participate in the sunrise rotary bike ride event for Leo’s Haven  on Saturday Sept 29th.  They need our help with volunteers or you can ride and raise money. See Doug for more details.
There will be an Area 7 Rotary mixer will be on Oct 9th from 5:00-7:00. There is a $5.00 fee for hors d’oeuvre and drinks. This event is just for Rotary members to get to know each other in our area.   
Avenues of service will be on Oct 4th from 4:00- 9:00. The club will pay the fee of $49.50 if you wish to go. See Pam for more information
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Our speaker today was Irene Van Der Zande from Kidpower, a non-profit which focuses on personal safety for kids, teens adults and seniors.
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 10, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

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

Our incoming president Michelle Bassi and our Rotacare MD Dr Chandra are both on the ballot for people of the year. Please vote! The voting deadline is Aug 13th at 5:00 PM and you can vote on a paper ballot or electronically at www.aptoschamber.com.

Save Aug 30th for Win’s debunking. It will begin around 5:30 at Santa Cruz Yacht Club.

Becky Peters announced the annual memory walk to benefit Alzheimer’s Association will be Sept 22nd at Seascape Park. If you want to walk with our team, sign up with Becky or you can simply donate any amount.

Rod announced the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Save our Shores at the Monterey Bay Aquarium with Congressman Jimmy Panetta.  It is Saturday Sept 22nd at 6:00 PM. Cost is $175. Tickets are available at saveourshores.org/toast

Saturday August 18th Cabrillo Stage has set aside seats for The Producers for SIRS and CAP Rotary for the 2pm matinee.  If you are interested in joining us tickets are $40 each and can be ordered by calling Cabrillo Stage at (831) 479-6154. 

Saturday August 25th the Derby Girls will be playing at the Santa Cruz City Auditorium at 6:45pm.  General Admission tickets are $17 each and they will help coordinate a section for us. Call the box office at 831-420-5260.

 

Today our own Sandy and Doug spoke to us about the RYLA experience. They covered the history of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, which emphasizes learning leadership qualities and skills.  It began in 1959 in Australia. The first year in our district was 1983 and we have gone on from there. It now costs about $600 for each student and we are allowed to send 4 kids per year; two from Soquel High and two from Aptos High.  

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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 03, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
The next will be a board meeting at 11:00 next Thursday (Aug 9th) at Aptos Seascape. All members are welcome to attend.
Keith’s annual summer party will be Sunday August 26th at 3:00. There will be games and refreshments. Bring your favorite hors d’oeuvre to share if you wish!
Our incoming president Michelle Bassi and our Rotacare MD Dr. Chandra are both on the ballot for people of the year. Please vote! The voting deadline is Aug 13th at 5:00 PM and you can vote on a paper ballot or electronically www.aptos chamber.com.
Walnut Ave Women’s Center gave us a sponsorship ticket for their fundraising brunch on Sunday Aug 12th. Let Pam or Michelle know if you wish to go.
Save Aug 30th for Win’s debunking. It will begin around 5:30 at Santa Cruz Yacht Club.
Saturday August 18th Cabrillo Stage has set aside seats for The Producers for SIRS and CAP Rotary for the 2pm matinee.  If you are interested in joining us tickets are $40 each and can be ordered by calling Cabrillo Stage at (831) 479-6154. 
Saturday August 25th the Derby Girls will be playing at the Santa Cruz City Auditorium at 6:45pm.  General Admission ticket ($17 each) and they will help coordinate a section for us. call the box office at 831-420-5260).
Our speaker today was Cathy Cress, MSW. A graduate of UC Berkeley, she is an author and editor of the Handbook of Geriatric Care Management. She spoke today about the quality of life and bringing back joy as we age.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jul 26, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

The next board meeting will be on Aug 9th at Aptos Seascape.

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

Santa Cruz Sunrise Club has a project to bring water to Uganda and their trip will be in January.  If interested let Dr. Art know. He also is a good source of information on all Rotary International projects. These will be e-mailed out as we receive them.

Doug announced that Aptos Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Jimmy Panetta on Tuesday Aug 14th at 11:50 Best Western Seacliff.

Our incoming president Michelle Bassi and our RotaCare MD, Dr. Chandra, are both on the ballot for people of the year. Please vote! The voting deadline is Aug 13th at 5:00 PM and you can vote on a paper ballot or electronically www.aptos chamber.com.

Walnut Ave Women’s Center gave us a sponsorship ticket for their fundraising lunch on Sunday Aug 12th. Let Pam or Michelle know if you wish to go.

Save Aug 30th for Win’s debunking. Location will be announced later.

Keisha Frost, the Chief Executive Officer from United Way was our speaker for the day.  She is a University of Washington graduate who qualified for the 1996 Olympics! She came here in 2012 and was promoted to CEO of United Way this year.

 

         

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jul 20, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

There will be a board meeting on July 26th at 11:15 at Aptos Seascape.

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

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

Amber Lennon, one our scholarship recipients, received her check today. She spent her summer in Hawaii where she worked on a farm where to make fresh fruits and vegetables available to the Native Hawaiian community. She just graduated from Soquel High and is now going to UC Berkeley.   

Dr. Art announced Santa Cruz Sunrise Club has a project to bring water to Uganda and their trip will be in January.  If interested let Dr. Art know.  

 

Jill Castagnola was our speaker for the day. She is from Wings, an organization that serves the homeless. She is an Aptos resident who taught at Chico state. 

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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jul 13, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

  

         

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 21, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

    

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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 09, 2018
Today was a special day for Capitola Aptos Rotary. We awarded grants totaling $18,000 to selected community groups and agencies. Awardees are pictured below. Each agency made a short presentation about the work they do in the community. They are as follows:
 
Cabrillo College Engineering Abroad Program   10 delegates will go abroad
to install water systems in Guatemala.This year will be a special challenge
because they are only ten miles from the volcano!
Dientes Community Dental Care serves over 10,000 patients a year
with dental care for low income and uninsured patients.
Their annual event funds free care for seniors and kids especially.
Digital Nest . is a workforce development center in Watsonville
and Salinas preparing 18-24 preparing them for r full time jobs.
40 youth have already achieved paying jobs or internships. 
For Kids Foundation Monterey Bay – they offer $ for critical needs
of youth from birth to 20 years old.
They operate across three counties. 
Grey Bears -promotes activity and social connections for hundreds
of people in Santa Cruz County .They glean food, about 500,000 lbs a year,
that they deliver to seniors. They also do computer refurbishing.
Helping Hands  provides home repair, balance training classes
and other services for older adults and people with health care needs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 31, 2018
 
Today we awarded a check for $28,403 to Lisa Berkowitz, our local director of Meals on Wheels. She spoke about one driver who even though he is a diabetic is devoted to Meals on Wheels and drives for the organization. She stressed that our grant will keep the program running in difficult times.
Wes Hobbs Chair of the District Rotary Foundation presented an award to Dr. Art Dover for his contribution to Polio Plus. Mr. Hobbs reviewed for us how the money raised is being used. Polio has been virtually eliminated in all but two countries (Pakistan and Afghanistan) and even they have only 8 cases.  They noted Rotary is making a huge impact in the world (with the help of Dr. Dover!)
We reviewed the procedures for awarding our community grants and the recipients of these awards. They include programs such as Dientes, Second Harvest, Walnut Family and Women’s Center and the Volunteer Center Helping Hands Home Repair and Literacy Programs. Next week (June 7th) we will be having our awards ceremony for the recipients. If you are one of our recipient organizations, be sure to attend. It is a wonderful day and a chance to meet other awardees, and network!
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 27, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
The theme for this year’s Rotary district 5170 conference is Celebrate the Past: Create the Future. It is June 1-3 at San Jose State University. You can register online at events.rotarydistrict5170.org.
 
Watsonville Rotary is holding a Maine Lobster Feast on Saturday June 9 2018. Tickets are $100.00. The event will be held at 5:30 at the Harvest Building on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
 
Dr. Art Dover was named Medical Hero by the American Red Cross! If you are interested in attending his awards breakfast at Twin Lakes on June 15th let Al know.
 
Remember to track your volunteer hours in the community! We will  begin collecting those soon.
                
Today the club went off site to view the spectacular JKL American Museum of Telephony in Soquel. It has the most remarkable collection of telephones throughout the ages as well as phone booths, a library, and videos reflecting the history of the telephone.  It is a non-profit organization and admission is free!
 
The tour was led by the owner John K. LaRue and two other colleagues who between them have many years of experience working with telephone utilities both here and abroad.  We all learned many things that we hadn’t known before such as the number of colors phones have come in over the years, and the history of the development of the technology.
The museum welcomes visits by the public but by invitation only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to ask to be invited to visit contact  Mr. LaRue at 831-948-2127 or john@jklmuseum.com.
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 24, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
The theme for this year’s Rotary district 5170 conference is Celebrate the Past: Create the Future. It is June 1-3 at San Jose State University. You can register online at events.rotarydistrict5170.org.
 
Watsonville Rotary is holding a Maine Lobster Feast on Saturday June 9 2018. Tickets are $100.00. The event will be held at 5:30 at the Harvest Building on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
 
Dr. Art Dover was named Medical Hero by the American Red Cross! If you are interested in attending his awards breakfast at Twin Lakes on June 15th let Al know.
 
Remember to track your volunteer hours in the community! We will  begin collecting those soon.
                
Today the club went off site to view the spectacular JKL American Museum of Telephony in Soquel. It has the most remarkable collection of telephones throughout the ages as well as phone booths, a library, and videos reflecting the history of the telephone.  It is a non-profit organization and admission is free!
 
The tour was led by the owner John K. LaRue and two other colleagues who between them have many years of experience working with telephone utilities both here and abroad.  We all learned many things that we hadn’t known before such as the number of colors phones have come in over the years, and the history of the development of the technology.
The museum welcomes visits by the public but by invitation only. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to ask to be invited to visit contact  Mr. LaRue at 831-948-2127 or john@jklmuseum.com.
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 18, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
On May 24th we are going off site to the Museum of Telephony off Rodeo Gulch Rd. Sign up with Pam Goodman and specify your lunch if you plan to go. Meet at Beverly’s on 41st Ave at noon to carpool.
The theme for this year’s district conference is Celebrate the Past: Create the Future. It is June 1-3 at San Jose State University. You can register online at events.rotarydistrict5170.org.
 
Watsonville Rotary is holding a Maine Lobster Feast on Saturday June 9 2018. Tickets are $100.00. The event will be held at 5:30 at the Harvest Building on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
 
Dr. Art Dover was named Medical Hero by the American Red Cross! If you are interested in attending his awards breakfast at Twin Lakes on June 15th let Al know.
 
The annual Bob Swenson memorial golf tournament will be held on June 1st at Seascape Golf Club. Cost is $160.
 
Get the word out about RotaCare! Fliers are available from Brenda.
 
Win has Pollworker applications if you wish to work on election day in June. This is a fundraiser for the club.
 
Remember to track your volunteer hours in the community! We will  begin collecting those soon.
 
Today we had the Santa Cruz Derby Girls here. They’re a non-profit group celebrating their 10th year in our community.  Eileen Hill is the executive director of the group. Jenny Olson and Megan Alpine were also part of the presentation. (It should be noted that all girls have their derby names as well).
 
 
 
        
    
          
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 10, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
On May 24th we are going off site to the Museum of Telephony off Rodeo Gulch Rd. Sign up with Pam Goodman and specify your lunch if you plan to go.
 
The theme for this year’s district conference is Celebrate the Past: Create the Future. It is June 1-3 at San Jose State University. You can register online at events.rotarydistrict5170.org.
 
The club received an application from Victoria Lewis of Cabrillo College to join the club. Her application was approved by the board. If there are comments on the application let Doug Deaver know.
 
If you wish to be a pollworker for the June elections and donate your fee as part of our fundraising efforts, applications are available here or call (831) 454-2060.
 
Watsonville Rotary is holding a Maine Lobster Feast on Saturday June 9 2018. Tickets are $100.00. The event will be held at 5:30 at the Harvest Building on the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
 
Dr. Art Dover was named Medical Hero by the American Red Cross! If you are interested in attending his awards breakfast at Twin Lakes on June 15th let Al know
 
         Today we had the pleasure of hearing violinist Rebecca Jackson. She is a founding member of Music in May (see below) . She has performed in many marginalized communities around the world, including refugee camps. She is co-founder of Sound Impact and a graduate of Julliard and UCSC.
         
         
 
 
 
 
 
        
    
          
Music in May Pamela Arnsberger 2018-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
Announcements and Reminders
 
Soquel Interact Club will have their annual golf tournament May llth. For more information google Soquel High School Fund /Annual Golf Tournament.
 
The 2018 district conference is June 1st 2nd and 3rd in San Jose. You can sign up at the district website.
 
Next week there is a board meeting at 11:00.
 
On May 24th we will not be meeting here. We are going off site to the Museum of Telephony off Rodeo Gulch Rd. Sign up to go.
 
Our speaker today was Congressman Jimmy Panetta from the 20th Congressional District. He serves on the Ag Committee and its Nutrition and Horticultural research subcommittees as well as the House Armed Services Committee. He is the co-founder of the National Security Task Force and served on the board of the National Marine Sanctuary.
Congressman Panetta spoke about the level of confusion in the federal government at this point including things being said and things being tweeted, both substantiated and unsubstantiated. He said it can get confusing and it truly is an unprecedented time.
         
Congressman Panetta Pamela Arnsberger 2018-05-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Apr 26, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
The Scotts Valley club announced  on Saturday April 28th  they will hold their fundraiser.. Lacy J. Dalton will be singing! Tickets are $40.00. You can get them at www.lacyjdalton.brownpapertickets.com.
 
Soquel Interact Club will have their annual golf tournament May llth. For more information google Soquel High School Fund /Annual Golf Tournament.
 
Three blue badges were distributed today to William Gray, Roy Morter and Dave Dematteis. Welcome to the club!
 
Kelly announced that his year's debunking for Win Fernald will be at June 28th here in Aptos at the Seascape golf club at lunch. The RYLA dinner will be that evening. 
 
Our speakers today were Michelle and Alex Bell. They spoke about their trip to Botswana Africa in November 2016.
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Apr 12, 2018
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Remember our major fundraiser tomorrow, Friday April 13th!  A roast for Bruce McPherson will be the highlight.  Come and bring your guest(s) and prepare to bid on our silent auctions items. It should be a wonderful night!
 
 The community grant application deadline has passed. Applications will be reviewed by the end of May and our June 7th meeting will be with the awardees.
The Scotts Valley club announced that they now meet at the Hilton on Monday at 12:15. On Saturday April 28th  they will hold their fundraiser.. Lacy J. Dalton will be singing! Tickets are $40.00. You can get them at www.lacyjdalton.brownpapertickets.com.
Soquel Interact Club will have their annual golf tournament May llth. For more information google Soquel High School Fund /Annual Golf Tournament.
Our speaker today was Doug Brown with his wife Maria, the photographer who took many of the beautiful pictures we saw today.  He spoke about his experiences on the Ntaba African safari.
 
 
 
        
    
          
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        
    
          
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Apr 06, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Our application for community grants has been posted. It is on the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th. Please note: The application must be downloaded and filled out off-line then e-mailed in.
 
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th!  A roast for Bruce McPherson will be the highlight!  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which come with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies (sanders and drop cloths especially) and volunteers! If you want to add your name to the list see Craig.
 
Rotarian of the week is Michelle for all her hard work on the major fundraiser.
 
Next week is a board meeting at 11:00. The week after is a foundation meeting at the same time.John Fisher announced that we still need $50 from every member for donations for Polio Plus. Contributions will be matched.
 
Our speaker today was Dr. Matthew Wetstein, the new president of Cabrillo College. He has a political science doctorate and started his career as a political science professor. He is the author of a number of articles. He first shared with us a little of his personal background . He comes to us from the central valley, (Stockton), after bring born in the Midwest, (East St. Louis Illinois).  Then he went on to speak about Cabrillo. It currently serves 12000 students in its two sites. Sixty percent (60%) of the students are women. One in five of the students is the first in the family to attend college.
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        
    
          
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 29, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Our application for community grants has been posted. It is on the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Please note: The application must be downloaded and filled out off-line then e-mailed in.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th!  A roast for Bruce McPherson will be the highlight!  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which come with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies (sanders and drop cloths especially) and volunteers! If you want to add your name to the list see Craig.
Bee announced that we have two winners in the annual Santa Cruz “Best of” survey. Lifespan was runner-up for best senior services and Kyle was runner up for best financial planner.
John Fisher announced that we need to make a $50 donation to the foundation for 100% club participation.
The Soquel High Interactors are having a fundraiser at DeLaveaga Golf Club on May 11th. It is $120 per golfer.
Our speaker today was Dr. David Smith, an accomplished athlete, author and adventurer as well as a marathon swimmer and creator of the NBC show ‘Survival of the Fittest’.  He spoke about testing physical and psychological limits and the importance of getting out of one’s comfort zone.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        
    
          
learning from adventure Pamela Arnsberger 2018-03-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 22, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th, a roast for Bruce McPherson.  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which come with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
Second Harvest needs volunteers next Saturday (March 24th) to help with food sorting.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies (sanders and drop cloths especially) and volunteers! In the same vein, the Rotarian of the week is Craig Matthews for taking on this big job. If you want to add your name to the list see Craig.
John Fisher announced the Rotary Foundation was honoring Bill Witmer for his contributions.
 
      Dean Kaufman, a Veterans Services Officer from our local Veteran’s Service Office (VS0) at 846 Front Street spoke to use today about Veteran's Benefits.
         Mr Kaufman began by stressing that veterans are part of all of our lives. He first described the four branches of the VA: healthcare, financial benefits (such as the GI bill), cemeteries, and the vet center. Ours is one of the best VA’s (in Livermore) in the country due to an association with Stanford. Two other nearby clinics are Monterey and San Jose. Vets must have an honorable discharge to be eligible for this service.  No computer system links them all together. However, our VSO is a county office, not affiliated with the federal VA.
         
Veteran's Services Pamela Arnsberger 2018-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 08, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th, a roast for Bruce McPherson.  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which come with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies and volunteers! To sign up, see Win.
We had two visitors today from the Aptos Chamber of Commerce who are doing a project getting their members to identify where they appear and we were featured today! See us on their website!
Doug announced that Jamie Walton from Aptos High won the area speech contest (as Doug said she smoked ‘em!). Now she goes on to the regional contest. Go Jamie!
 
 
Our speaker today was our own Doug Deaver !  He highlighted websites and phone apps, many of which are free, that we might find helpful.
Want to avoid robocalls? NOMOROBO is an app that makes robo calls only ring once. Similarly, HIYA is a phone app that tells you who’s calling even if you don’t have a record of them.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 05, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the top right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th, a roast for Bruce McPherson.  Tickets are $150. Think about business sponsorships (which comes with free tickets!) and possible silent auction items! And bring a bottle of wine for our wine wheelbarrow.
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) applications are due. Awardees go to Mission Springs for a 5 day leadership camp. High school sophomores and juniors are eligible. If you know of someone who could be eligible get an application from Sandy.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies and volunteers! To sign up, see Win.
Doug introduced two Interact members who spoke to us about what is happening at Soquel High. They spoke about their RYLA experience and the Fall Leadership Conference. They also did fundraisers such as gift wrapping and beach clean-up. Ahead is the Polar Plunge!
Our speaker today was Amy Ettinger, a writer who grew up in Silicon Valley. She has written about travel, parenting, health and food and these articles have been published in the New York Times as well as other publications. Today she spoke to us about her book Sweet Spot which is all about ice cream!
       
        
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 22, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the bottom right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Rotary Night at the Warriors is March 2nd. Go to their website and enter Rotary Night Warriors Santa Cruz and the info will come up. Tickets are $41.
Remember our major fundraiser April 13th, a roast for Bruce McPherson.  Tickets are $150. Save the date!
RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) applications are due. Awardees go to Mission Springs for a 5 day leadership camp. High school sophomore and juniors are eligible. If you know of someone who could be eligible get an application from Sandy.
Kids Foundation of Monterey Bay is auctioning off an electric bike on Apr 21st. Raffle tickets are $10 each. See Sandy for tickets.
The area speech contest is March 3rd at SLV. Go and support our winner, Jamie Walton.
April 7th is our workday at the Homeless Services Center. We need supplies and volunteers! To sign up, see Win.
Our speaker today was from the Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center.  Phil Kramer, seen above with Pam Goodman, is  the executive director. He comes from a high-tech background but mid-career decided instead to focus on non-profits in our community.
 
 
 
 
services for the homeless Pamela Arnsberger 2018-02-22 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 15, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the bottom right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
Rotary night at the warriors is March 2nd. Go to their website and put in Rotary Night Warriors Santa Cruz and the info will come up. Tickets are $41.
Michelle reminded us that the major fundraiser will be Friday April 13th. The committee decided it will be two-part fundraiser for our community grants and Meals on Wheels. Meetings of the fundraiser committee will be on the first and third Thursdays at 11:00. All are welcome to come.
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. We will be setting up starting at around 3:00 if you wish to help. If you have old Rotarian magazines bring them and we’ll hand them out.
Pam Goodman announced that in the month of March we have great speakers lined up. One speaker will share his experience about being in an internment camp, another will tell us about the effect of sports on society and we will be introduced to the new president of Cabrillo College. Come and bring a guest!
Sandy announced that RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) applications are due. Awardees go to Mission Springs for a 5 day leadership camp and our club pays their way.  High school sophomore and juniors are eligible. If you know of someone who could be eligible get an application from Sandy.
Win gave us an update on our Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center project. It is scheduled to take place probably on April 7th,, but it may take more than one day. All Rotary clubs will participate and our club is responsible for painting tables and benches.
UCSC Rotaract will have a fundraisers for Jacob’s Heart and Digital Nest . The date is February 24 12-4 at UCSC Arboretum. Tickets are $30.
Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary will have their annual fundraiser Saturday April 21st 2-5 PM. It is a wine tasting at the Tannery on 1060 River St.  This program benefits the Santa Cruz al Salvador program which provides clean water and sanitation. For more info go to www.wine2water2018.eventbrite.com.
Save the date for the Watsonville Rotary Maine lobster fest. It is $100 on June 9th at 5:30 at the harvest building on the Santa Cruz county fairgrounds.
         Today was the chapter speech contest. Talented students from area high schools (Soquel and Aptos) competed for scholarships, speaking on a variety of topics, but all incorporating the Rotary 4 way test.  The third place ($50) winner was Katherine Walton,  The second place winner ($100)  was  Annie Nye and the first place winner ($200) was Jamie Walton.  Winners will compete in the area contest in April and those winners will go on to the district contest.
 
         
speech contest Pamela Arnsberger 2018-02-15 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 08, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the right hand corner of our home page.  Please e-mail applications in by April 13th.
 
The club speech contest is next week. We will meet in the big room.
 
Rotary night at the warriors is March 2nd. Go to their website and put in Rotary Night Warriors Santa Cruz and the info will come up. Tickets are $41.
 
Michelle announced that the major fundraiser will be Friday April 13th. The committee decided it will be two-part fundraiser for our community grants and Meals on Wheels. Meetings of the fundraiser committee will be on the first and third Thursdays at 11:00. All are welcome to come.
 
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. We will be setting up starting at around 3:00 if you wish to help.
         Our speaker today was Mary Edmund who is the executive director from CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams). It is based on the theory of neighbors helping neighbors. It is run by the CERT Auxiliary, a local non-profit. Our branch is associated with the Aptos La Selva Fire District.
        
emergency preparedness Pamela Arnsberger 2018-02-08 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 02, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the bottom right corner of our home page.  Please e-mail in applications by April 13th.
 
John Fisher awarded Karen her five star Paul Harris Pin!
There will be a board meeting next week at 11:00.
 
Rotary night at the warriors is March 2nd. Go to their website and put in Rotary Night Warriors Santa Cruz and the info will come up. Tickets are $41.
 
Michelle announced that the major fundraiser will be Friday April 13th. The committee decided it will be two part fundraiser for our community grants and Meals on Wheels. Meetings will be on the first and third Thursday at 11:00.
 
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. Doug has a volunteer sign-up sheet to help promote Rotary that night.
 
         Jessica Bukowinski, outreach coordinator for Village Santa Cruz was our speaker today. They are a network of Santa Cruz County residents who are working to support aging in place by providing asocial connections, intergenerational interaction and practical assistance.
       
 
Aging in Place Pamela Arnsberger 2018-02-02 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 25, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Please note:  The online application for community grants has been posted. It is downloadable from the bottom right corner of our home page.  

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

 

John awarded Michelle Bassi a Polio Plus pin for her contributions.
If we have eligible contestants, the speech contest will be held February 15th. Sign up to help with judging, scoring or greeting.
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. Doug has a volunteer sign-up sheet to help promote Rotary that night.
RYLA applications are out now. Get them from Sandra if you know of students who are eligible (freshman, sophomores or juniors in high school).
June 23-27th is the international convention this year in Toronto.
         Our three speakers today were from the Santa Cruz County Bird Club. Stephanie Singer is a board member. Lisa, the president of the bird club was the second presenter. Third, was Alex Rinkert who conducts bird research and habitat restoration and has led more than 200 birding trips.
         
Bird atlas Pamela Arnsberger 2018-01-25 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 18, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Rotary Warrior night will be March 2nd. Find it on the internet by putting in Rotary Warriors Santa Cruz for tickets.
The speech (the club only) contest will be February 15th. Sign up to help with judging, scoring or greeting.
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business Showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. Doug has a volunteer sign-up sheet to help promote Rotary that night.
RYLA applications will go out later this month. Get them from Sandra if you know of students who are eligible (freshman, sophomores or juniors in high school).
The Rotaract club is holding its 2nd annual large scale fundraiser on February 24th which will support Jacobs Heart and Digital Nest. It will be from 12-4 at the UCSC arboretum. For more information or tickets go to rotaractfair.eventbrite.com. They also have individuals available for tasks around your house as another fundraiser.
Applications will be on the website for community grants by the end of January. April 13th will be date to turn in the applications.
Taylor spoke to us about happenings at Congressman Panetta’s office and what their actions have been this past year. He has been working on issues such as health care, immigration and preventing oil drilling off our coast.
 
John Fry was our speaker today. He has an MBA and a PhD and has a construction group CDN Crocker Frye.  He has many years of community service and is currently developing Founder’s Markets neighborhood grocery stores. He has just completed a year of service on the grand jury and spoke to us about that today.
        
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 11, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
 
Next Thursday the 18th is the Foundation Board Meeting at 11:00.
Michelle announced that Friday April 13th will be the date for roasting Bruce McPherson.  The first fundraising meeting is to determine whether we will focus on one non-profit or fund our ongoing community programs
Our club will be helping to paint and/or refinish benches and tables at the Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center in the upcoming year. Stay tuned for more details.
Rotarians of the week are the Pam and Bee for putting together our programs!
Rotary Warrior night will be March 2nd. Find it on the internet by putting in Rotary Warriors Santa Cruz for tickets.
The speech (the club only) contest will be February 15th. Sign up to help with judging, scoring or greeting.
Wednesday Feb 21st will be the Business showcase in Aptos. The event is held here at Aptos Seascape from 4-7. Doug has a volunteer sign-up sheet to help promote Rotary that night.
CASA Friends luncheon will be February 7th. 
RYLA applications will go out later this month. Get them from Sandra if you know of students who are eligible (freshman, sophomores or juniors in high school).
Paul Harris plus foundation pin went to Brenda Mee today.
 
Our speaker today was Gail Pellerin, pictured above with Bee Peters. She is Santa Cruz County Registrar of Voters. She manages all the elections conducted in the county and does civil marriages and voter registration as well as many other responsibilities. She covered a number of new laws concerning voting as well as what is upcoming in the two 2018 elections.
 
voter registration Pamela Arnsberger 2018-01-11 08:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 05, 2018
Announcements and Reminders
Next Thursday the 11th is the board meeting at 11:00 and the following Thursday is the foundation board meeting.
John Fisher announced that Richard is the recipient of his second thousand dollar pin.
Michelle announced that Friday April 13th will be the date for roasting Bruce McPherson.  The first fundraising meeting is to determine whether we will focus on one non-profit or fund our ongoing community programs
Win spoke about the President’s dinner. He told us there were only 20 new cases of polio last year.. a huge accomplishment for Rotary International. We are also going to start tracking our volunteer hours.
Our club will be helping to paint the Santa Cruz Homeless Services Center in the upcoming year. Stay tuned for more details.
Dr. Art announced that the flu epidemic has come to California and it is still possible to get a flu shot.
Sandra reminded us the RYLA applications will be out soon. Let her know if you are aware of Soquel and Aptos high school kids who might be interested.
 
 
Jacob Martinez from Digital Nest was our speaker today. They have recently added a second center and are now in Salinas as well as Watsonville. 1700 kids have now participated in their program since its inception 3 years ago.  This is one of the projects funded by Capitol Aptos Rotary through our community grants program.
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Dec 14, 2017

Announcements and Reminders

The Rotary International dinner for our district is on January 3rd.  It is $90 and is at 6:00 at the Double Tree Inn in San Jose. See Win to sign up. 

UCSC Rotaract students are fundraising for Digital Nest and Jacobs Heart. We are invited to join with them to help raise money for these two causes. They will keep us informed as to time and place.

There will be a memorial for Anne McCallum on December 22nd from at her home on 225 Waughs street.

Thomas John went to the Interact club and reported back on their activities. They are doing a coat drive a food drive and a Christmas gift wrap to raise money.

Michelle reminded us of our major fundraiser which will be at the end of April or beginning of May. Live auction funds will go to community grants for their disbursement. The fundraiser itself will support one organization to be selected.

 

Today the club was thrilled to have the Higher Ground quartet playing to get us into the Christmas spirit.  They played Christmas songs and southern gospel music. See our Facebook link for the live performance!

        

 

 

        

 

higher ground Pamela Arnsberger 2017-12-14 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 30, 2017

Announcements and Reminders

Jo announced there is a party on December 10th at 8:00 in Whole Foods Capitola.

Laura and Doug are our Rotarians of the week for getting our grant requests in and accepted!

The Rotary International dinner for our district is on January 3rd.  It is $125 and is at 6:00 at the Double Tree Inn in San Jose. See Win to sign up. 

For board members, remember the board meeting on the 14th.

Keith’s party is on the 10th. Please share a ride if you can.

UCSC Rotaract students are fundraising for Digital Nest and Jacobs Heart. We are invited to join with them to help raise money for these two causes. They will keep us informed as to time and place.

Taylor Brevis from Jimmy Panetta’s office updated us on the news from Washington.

 

         Marine biologist Doris Welch from Sanctuary Cruises was our speaker today. They do whale watching trips on the Monterey Bay. She began her work at Long Marine Lab but left to do sanctuary cruises.

         

        

        

 

Marine whale sanctuary Pamela Arnsberger 2017-11-30 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 16, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Aptos and Soquel Interact are doing a beach cleanup on Nov 18th Seascape Beach at 9:15 by the trestle. We are strongly urged to go! In case of rain, people are still planning to go.
Doug announced that Scotts Valley Rotary is putting together a fundraiser for Leo’s Haven (a Johnny Cash tribute band) Friday Dec 1st.
 
Keith reminded us of his annual Christmas party on the first Sunday of December (the 3rd). No need to bring anything but do RSVP to Keith.
 
Whole Foods is having a Holiday by the Sea. Charge is 2.00 and the $$ will go to Second Harvest. It will be Dec 10th at 8-10 PM.
 
Doug announced that our DDF allocation is $2000 RotaCare and $3000 to Leo’s Haven. We need some active Rotary involvement for these funds.
 
Kate announced the Symphony Home Tour. Tickets are $40 each. There is also a launch party for $25. Kate is offering a buy-one-get-one-free-deal on those!
 
We are dark next week! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
 
Paddy Brady was our speaker today. He is from His to Offer (H2O) African outreach. He is 3rd generation Santa Cruz and worked in NASA and the Air Force and Lockheed.
 
Malawi outreach Pamela Arnsberger 2017-11-16 08:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 04, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Aptos and Soquel Interact are doing a beach cleanup on Nov 18th. We are strongly invited.
 
Doug announced that Scotts Valley Rotary is putting together a fundraiser for Leo’s Haven (a Johnny Cash tribute band) Friday Dec 1st.
 
John Fisher awarded Eric a Paul Harris plus 3 pin today  He also reminded us we all need to make a donation to the rotary foundation! For every $25 we contribute to the foundation, we get a chance at a free trip to Toronto next year.
 
Keith reminded us of his annual Christmas party. First Sunday of December as always. No need to bring anything but do RSVP to Keith.
 
Rotaract is raising money for Digital Nest and Jacob’s Heart. See Al if this is something you would like to help with.
 
Dominican Hospital Foundation has a presidential luncheon on Dec 17th with a silent auction and a gala on the 18th. If interested see Win.
 
Homeless services center needs things done to it. A number of clubs thinking about doing a special project there for a couple of days.. maybe a work project.  More info to come.
We had an absent speaker today (unavoidable flat tire!) so Thomas John  Wells Miller bravely volunteered on the spot to give his very entertaining Red Badge talk today.
 
Red Badge Talk Pamela Arnsberger 2017-11-04 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 26, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
The Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape.
Eric reminded us about the joint shoe project with Catalina Rotary where shoes that ‘grow’ go to kids in Mexico. Let Eric know if you’re interested and wish to contribute.
Art reported back from Seattle for World Polio Day. This year only 12 cases of polio in the world remain.The Campaign has prevented 16 million children from being crippled. Pakistan and Afghanistan remain target areas.
Aptos and Soquel Interact are doing a beach cleanup on Nov 18th.We are strongly invited.
Doug announced that Scotts Valley Rotary is putting together a fundraiser for Leo’s Haven (a Johnny Cash tribute band) Friday Dec 1st.
 
The Jewel Theater artistic director Julie James spoke (and sang!) to us today. Founded in 2005 as a non-profit, the theater is located at the River Street Salz Tannery Arts Center. They are now the resident theater company at Colligan Theater where they opened in 2015.  
 
Jewel Theatre Pamela Arnsberger 2017-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 12, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Pam Goodman reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.
 
Dr. Art will be providing flu shots to club members during October. For a shot, stay after the meeting.
 
John Fisher announced that the Rotary Foundation is 100 yrs old this year. Every Rotarian should make a contribution this year small or large to support our Annual World Polio Plus day.
 
Pam Goodman awarded a basket from the Alzheimer’s Fundraiser to Lynette Cleland.
Eric announced a fundraiser for kids who don’t have shoes from Catalina Island Rotary. The shoes which grow with the child will be delivered to Ensenada in January. If you would like to contribute see Eric. The cost of the shoes is around $13.
 
Win announced a New Zealand tour. See him and he’ll get you the info.
 
Win announced a program called “Not in our Town” at Semper Recital Theater at Cabrillo College Oct 26th at 7:00 to discuss resolving anti-immigration differences in our community.
 
Rob introduced Jessica Ridgeway. In 2007 she received an MS in Environmental and Natural Resources from the University of Vermont. She helped to found Farm Discovery at Live Earth in 2008. They run nine different programs for students throughout the year about growing food, including a summer camp, an immersion program that includes a sleepover and an art camp. The goal is to improve consumption habits.
       
 
grow a better earth Pamela Arnsberger 2017-10-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 05, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Becky Peters reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.  
October 7th at 7:30 am will be the annual second harvest barrel wrap.  Contact Doug Deaver for more information.
Dr. Art will be providing flu shots to club members during October. For a shot, stay after the meeting.
Club congratulations to Dr. Art Dover (see above) on receiving the major donor level 3 award, the first one in our club from the major gift officer for Zone 26. We also found that our club has contributed over $500,000 to polio plus!
 
Today Amy East, Ph.D. (pictured above) spoke to us talk dam removal. She is with USGS, providing earth science information to the public. Her specialty is in rivers. Entitled Dam and Blast, she spoke about watersheds and restoring rivers by removing dams.  
 
dumping dams Pamela Arnsberger 2017-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 28, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Pam Goodman reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.
The UCSC founder dinner will be this month with J Herman Blake as the honored guest. See Michelle for more info.  
October 7th at 7:30 am will be the annual second harvest barrel wrap. Sign up with Doug.
Dr. Art will be providing flu shots to club members during October. For a shot, stay after the meeting.
 
Pam Goodman introduced our speaker today. His name is Dan White and he is the author of a book entitled Under the Stars on America’s love affair with camping. Reviewed as the definitive book on camping in America, he also wrote The Cactus Eaters.
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 21, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Rich announced that the beach clean-up went well. Ten people participated and picked up many bags of trash!
Eric is organizing a series of Rotary fund-raising dinners focusing on wild game and needs to have a count by this Friday. Sign up now if you wish to be on the invitation list.
Pam Goodman reminded us of the Aptos Chamber dinner honoring our own Doug Deaver as man of the year. It will be Oct 27th at Aptos Seascape. Ticket cost is $85.
Pam Arnsberger announced that Oct 18th  is the Senior Solution Summit. See her if you are interested in addressing senior issues and she will provide you with the registration information. Cost is $20 to cover the cost of lunch.
Our speaker today was Dr. Bruce Jaffe from UCSC. He spoke about near shore hydrodynamics with an emphasis on catastrophic events.  He began by asking us about the highest Tsunami event which was in Alaska in 1958. The most deadly tsunami was in Indonesia where over 220,000 people were killed.  The oldest tsunami that we know of happened 60 million years ago and helped to wipe out the dinosaurs.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 14, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
The beach clean-up is on this Saturday Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach. Rich will be there is his red Prius to meet you.
Doug Deaver announced that this Friday Sept 15th there will be a flash mob at Rancho del Mar food mall. Go there to support our local businesses! There will be other events around this issue so stay tuned!
There will be a dinner at Aptos Chamber of Commerce honoring Doug Deaver’s election as Man of the Year. The dinner will be Oct 27th and tickets are $85. The event will be at Aptos Seascape. See Pam Goodman to get a ticket.
Our speaker today was Holly Blue Hawkins. She is from the Integral Thanatology Institute and is a counselor who does needs assessments and referrals and focuses on end of life issues. Today she spoke to us about Natural Deathcare Advocacy and ‘green’ burials.
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 08, 2017
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Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
 
Keith announced there will be cocktails Sept 8th at his house at 4:00.
 
Pam announced there is a lifespan open house at 600 Frederick St. from 11:00 -3:00 also today Friday Sept 8th.
 
Bee announced that she represented our club at the Abbott square opening and met people from different clubs. She said it is a fun place to go!
 
Our speaker today was Gabby Johnson who spoke about the Autism Family Network.  She is the assistant director, but also a teacher and has been a teacher for many years. The AFN began 5 years ago and they offer programs from pre-school to middle school level.
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 31, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
August 31st
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
Doug announced that Rancho del Mar shop owners have been given 30 days notice to vacate their premises during the new owners planned redecorating phase. This seems to make it unlikely that many of the smaller businesses can liquidate during that period of time and survive the period of redecoration.
We welcomed Thomasjohn Wellsmiller as a new member to our club today. He is an entrepreneur and musician.
 
Our speaker today was Rebecca Hurdis from Siena House Maternity Home of Santa Cruz County, one of the community agencies that our club supports. She has been the executive director  of Siena House for the past three years and before that taught at colleges in the area.Siena House is a residential program supporting and empowering pregnant women. It was founded in 2000 by local caring individuals who in the spirit of God’s love envisioned a safe residential environment for pregnant women in need. 
 
        
        
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 31, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
August 31st
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
 
Doug announced that Rancho del Mar shop owners have been given 30 days notice to vacate their premises during the new owners planned redecorating phase. This seems to make it unlikely that many of the smaller businesses can liquidate during that period of time and survive the period of redecoration.
 
We welcomed Thomasjohn Wellsmiller as a new member to our club today. He is an entrepreneur and musician.
 
Our speaker today was Rebecca Hurdis from Siena House Maternity Home of Santa Cruz County, one of the community agencies that our club supports. She has been the executive director  of Siena House for the past three years and before that taught at colleges in the area.
 
 
        
        
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 24, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
August 24th
Sign up with Rich for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 AM at Beer Can Beach.
CASA’s Imagine Event will be Sunday September 10th. We have two $150 tickets available to our members for free! If you wish to go, speak to Michelle.
September 2nd is the Rotary Abbott Square event. It is at 5:30. If you can help set up or take down, please sign up on the sheet.
RotaCare thanked the club for a $3802 donation for last year. Remember those RotaCare buckets!
The Diversity Center fundraiser will be on Oct 21st. If interested see Michelle.
Dr. Art said he will be offering flu vaccines in October.

           Bee introduced our speaker, Gisela Zebroski, an author who survived the Soviet Union invasion into Latvia. Her family fled west to Germany in 1945 where her father was killed in battle and the family fled to Austria.  She emigrated to California with her husband where she graduated from college.  She is the author ofThe Baroness and Mephisto Waltz.
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 17, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
Sign up for the beach clean-up on Sept 16th. It will be at 9:00 at Beer Can Beach.
Doug announced the Cabrillo Women’s Foundation luncheon will be Friday September 15th.  Tickets are $100 and funds go to an emergency fund to help women students who might otherwise drop out of school.
CASA’s Imagine Event will be Sunday September 10th. We have two $150 tickets available to our members for free! If you wish to go, speak to Michelle.
This Saturday is the Membership event for Rotary in Pleasanton. See Win if you wish to go.
Cindy Balthaser was our speaker today. She has been a teacher for over 40 years. She is the former director of the SC/SVNTP (Santa Cruz/ Silicon Valley New Teacher Project).
   
     
 
        
        
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 10, 2017
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A special welcome to Bill Witmer who is joining our club!
Come on Saturday, September 16th to the Beer Can Beach Clean-up at 9:00.
 
A Rotary membership program will be offered a week from Saturday in Pleasanton. Let Win know if you would like to go.
 
Rotary Avenues of Service is coming up October 5th at the Santa Clara Biltmore at 5:00.
 
Kate reported back from the library meeting. There will be an event where the friends of the library will encourage people to read a selected book and share it with children. She will keep us informed of future events.
Today was our meeting with the district governor, Orrin Mahoney. The area governor, Donna Maurello, also accompanied him. He worked for many years at Hewlett Packard as a mechanical engineer and served on the city council and finally as Mayor of Cupertino. He has a real commitment to international service and has been on many Rotary Service trips.
He spoke about a number of Rotary District 5170 issues and opportunities including international service, membership and fundraising.
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 04, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
August 3rd
 
Next week August 10th is our meeting with the district governor. Board members please come at 10:30. (note: we will be in our regular room)
 
September 16th will be the Beer Can beach clean-up  at 9:00.
 
The Aptos Library asked us about participation  in a program where people to read books and discuss them with kids. To find out more or if you want to participate, you should attend the food and wine reception on Aug 9th  5-7 at the library on Soquel Drive.
 
Two of our RYLA participants, Matt DeCamera and Izzi Pryce, shared with us their RYLA experience (see photo above). They were divided into 6 families with about 30 people to a family.  They participated in workshops including service, band and choir, speech and debate entertainment health and wellness and sports and fitness. Their families put on a performance and planted succulents around the campus. They also worked on a project to help underprivileged women, one about mental health and appreciating themselves. The both stressed that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
 
          Two red badge members, Kyle Sharp and Craig Matthews, also shared their stories with us today.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jul 20, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Our district governor will be here August 10th. There will be an early board meeting that same day at 10:30.
Keith’s house tomorrow (July 21) will be the setting for a cocktail party at 4:00. All are invited! Bring munchies if you wish!
Win announced that there will be a club assembly on the 27th and a possible Facebook training.
Pam Goodman reminded us that the Walk for Alzheimer’s is September 23rd. You can donate here at our club.
Bee introduced our speakers today. They were Rob Darrow, Director of Research and Ron Indra, Executive Director from the Safe Schools Project. Established in 2004, it now reaches out to the 40,000 k-12 students in our local school districts.
 
                         
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jul 13, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
Our district governor will be here August 10th. There will be an early board meeting that same day at 10:30.
 
The 4th of July World’s Shortest Parade Capitola Aptos Rotary Beer Booth was very busy. Tim says we netted $4552 (including tips)!
 
Keith announced that a week from tomorrow (July 21st)  at 4:00  PM there will be a happy hour at his house.
 
Pam announced that the Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be the third weekend in September. She sent around the sign-up to walk and/or make donations to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. 
  
Win announced that there will be a club assembly on the 27th and a possible Facebook training.
 
Karen  Haralsan  from Nourishing Generations spoke to use today about Linking Communities to Reverse the Rising Trend of Childhood Obesity and Diabetes.  She is a certified diabetes educator and  holistic  nutritionist.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 29, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Our district governor will be here August 10th. Save the date!
Two of our rotary scholarship winners visited us today! One is going to the University of Santa Clara and one is going to UC Berkeley.  Congratulations and best wishes to both of these young women as they move towards the future!
John Fisher reminded us to give checks to him for polio plus in order for them to be matched.
The club awarded a check for $70,000 to Leo's Haven, an accessible park, today. Oliver (center below) said it will help him because his wheelchair won't get stuck on the curb anymore!
 
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Sharon Pappo from the Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County was our speaker today. She is a graduate of UCSC and Berkeley. Founded in 1989,the Diversity Center is the hub of the LGBT community here.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 15, 2017

Announcements and Reminders

Our district governor will be here August 10th. Save the date!

Al’s debunking will be June 22nd at Santa Cruz Yacht Club. (Remember we will be dark next week for the regular meeting!). People should park below the club and walk thru the dry boat storage and take the tram or walk up the stairs. $35 per person and remember to tip the bartender!

John Fisher reminded us to contribute $27.50 per person to the final effort to eradicate polio (Polio Plus).

Rotarian of the week is Art Dover who went to the Atlanta convention. He gave us an update. Rotary is giving 50 million a year for 3 years (and there will be a $300 million donation match from the Gates Foundation) to eradicate polio forever. Another topic was the campaign to end human trafficking. He said it was an amazing experience!

Today our speaker was Howard Heevner Asst Vice Chancellor of Alumni Engagement and Advancement Services from UCSC. He spoke about the work of UCSC in the community including efforts such as Partners in Arts and Culture with over 100 public events including the acclaimed Dickens Project. Another popular item is the Grateful Dead Archive at the UCSC library.

 

 

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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 08, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
Rotarians of the week were all those who helped out with the music festival. We collected $1273 and $887 in tips (plus $5000) for a total net profit of $6,800.
John Fisher mentioned the district wants each member to donate $30 to Polio Plus again in June and it will be matched as before.
Al’s debunking will be June 22nd. Send Kelly an email if you plan to go.  It is at Santa Cruz Yacht Club.
We received some lovely thank you notes from the recipients of our community awards.
Art said available international projects for Rotary members include two water projects (in Guatemala and Uganda) and also one in Brazil (connecting high school students with local rivers) . Let him know if you are interested in any of these!
Sign up for the Fourth of July celebration to help out at the Rotary beer and wine booth at Aptos Park.  Tim and Kyle will be assigning time slots. The event goes from 10-5 so your participation would be during that time period.
 
Melissa Rempfer was our speaker today. She spoke on the topic.  “Lead with the vision and the money will follow”. She has created two very successful businesses helping non-profits and others raise money for their work.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 01, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
The honorary Rotarian of the week is Kathy our much put upon waitress! Thanks Kathy for all your service to the club!
A special guest today was our scholarship recipient from Soquel High Ellie Gressley. She is going to study life sciences at UCLA.
Al reported made about $2000 in tips at the music festival and around $7000 total. We will have a fuller report next week.
Al’s second debunking is June 22nd.
Sunrise Rotary has a run on July 4th at Harvey west park.  For more information see www.firecracker10k.org. 100% of the race proceeds will go to Teen Kitchen Project and American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross will also have a “Celebrate our Community Heroes” event on Friday June 16th at 8:30 AM at Twin Lakes Church.
 
 
Mike Ahern, our featured speaker, was here today to talk about electric bicycles (E bikes). He owns Current E bikes which is a local source for quality electric bicycles and Brompton folding bikes. It is located right by Kaiser arena on Front Street.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 11, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Bee Peters received her blue badge today after being the longest red badge member in the history of the club.
Dr. Art said the Rise Against Hunger event last Sunday went well.  180 people participated and the food will go to Cambodia. 30,024 bags were filled.
Doug has the sign-up sheet for the American Music Festival. We still can use volunteers for May 27th and May 28th.
Michelle announced that net proceeds from our fundraiser last week, including the county match, should exceed $100,000.
Sunrise Rotary has a run on July 4th at Harvey west park.  For more information see www.firecracker10k.org. 100% of the race proceeds will go to Teen Kitchen Project and American Red Cross.
 
Today community agencies received grants from Capitola Aptos Rotary.  Claire and Sue made the presentations. These included  Cabrillo Engineering Abroad ($500), CASA ($2000), Digital Nest ($2000), For Kids Foundation ($1000),  Helping Hands ($500),  Homeless Services Center ($1500), Kid Power, ($500), Learn to Discover ($1000), Literacy Program( $500), Music in May ($500), Meals on Wheels ($500), O’Neill sea Odyssey ($500), Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes ($1000), St Francis/JMJ home ($500), Safe School Project ($1000), Second Saturday Network ($500), Seymour Marine Center ($1000), Sienna House Maternity Home ($1000), Symphony League of SC ($1000).
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on May 04, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
Tomorrow, May 5th, is our annual fundraiser. Tickets are still available at $150. County Parks and Recreation will match the amount we raise, including donations at the silent auction, so come and bid! Dinner will be served at 6:45.
 
The postponed Stop Hunger Now barrel wrapping event will be this Sunday morning May 7th at the Boardwalk. Check with Doug Deaver for time and exact location.
 
We still need volunteers for the American Music Festival on May 27th and May 28th. You must be prepared to stay all day. Talk with Doug Deaver or Sandra to let them know if you are available.
 
Claire announced our community service award grantees. Among them were Cabrillo Engineering Abroad, CASA, Digital Nest, Helping Hands, Kid Power, Learn to Discover, Meals on Wheels, Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes, The Symphony League of Santa Cruz and many more. Next week will be the awards luncheon. Come and meet the recipients!
 
 
 
Darryl Perkins (pictured below) spoke to us today about the move of Kaiser Permanente into Santa Cruz County. There are three new locations: Scotts Valley, downtown Santa Cruz, and Main Street in Watsonville
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Apr 20, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
Rotarian of the week was Al because it is his birthday!
Michelle reminded us of our major fundraiser on Friday May 5th to benefit Leo’s Haven. We have 78 people signed up to attend. We have 7 live auctions items but could use one more. We have between 15 and 20 silent auction items but keep those coming in. Major donors can still be welcomed for one more week.
District conference annual meeting is May 6th. Saturday night is a dinner at $50 per person. See Doug Deaver to sign up.
May 7th is Stop Hunger Now at the Boardwalk. Volunteer with Doug from 10:00 am to noon.
The Music Festival will be Saturday May 27th  and Sunday May 28th . We need volunteers for the 28th especially. You must be there from 9:00 to 5:00.
Saturday April 29th at Harbor High will be a presentation of the inventions that  the students created. Our club donated $158 to this effort so it might be nice to see what our students accomplished.
Their first silent auction and dinner will be held by Rotaract  on April 29th at 5:00 at Peace United Church on High Street. It will benefit Jacob’s Heart and Feed the Children.
 
Representatives of the Soquel Creek Water District spoke to us today. They spoke about replenishing mid county groundwater and the community water plan.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Apr 06, 2017
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We were reminded that the beach clean-up is this Saturday April 8th at 9:00 AM at beer can beach.
Sandra reminded us of the music festival on memorial day weekend. We need volunteers on Saturday May 27th and Sunday May 28th. You must work all day.
Kendra announced that there is a signup sheet for the major fundraiser on May 5th. We are in desperate need of silent auction items.  They  should be worth at least $30 - $50  in value.
Doug announced that they are looking for a fourth on for the Dominican  benefit golf game on Friday June 16th.  He also reminded us that the District conference is Saturday May 6th. If you would like to go or be part of a table just for the dinner portion see Doug for details.
Pam Goodman reminded us to bring 2 bottles of wine for the auction on May 5th.  Pam also reminded us that we will not meet here on April 27th, but will be going to Aptos High. Bee will take sign-ups for a sandwich lunch. They will plan some events and we will take a tour.
 
 
   
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 30, 2017
Announcements and reminders
 
Doug announced that the Stop Hunger Now event is changed to Sunday May 7thth (during the district conference) at New Brighton Middle School
We need volunteers for the American Music Festival May 27th and 28th. If you wish to volunteer see Sandra.
There is a town hall meeting Saturday at New Brighton Middle School. More than 1200 people are expected. Both our representatives will be there along with John Laird and Zach Friend.
May 5th is our major fundraiser. Sign up to go at a meeting. Tickets are $150 ($100 per ticket is tax deductible). Check should be payable to the Foundation. Michelle is still looking for major sponsors, silent auction items  and wine for the wine wagon/wheelbarrow.
District assembly is on April 13th at 5:00 (but we leave at 3:30). We have room for two more people in the limo. See Win if you wish to go.
Today our speaker was Mark Trabing from Habitat for Humanity. He is a local person who has a Masters Degree in community development from UC Davis and served in the Peace Corps in Jamaica.
Habitat is active in 70 countries. Locally Santa Cruz and Monterey Habitat have recently merged. They build two houses a year on average.  They have two stores in Seaside and Santa Cruz where they sell lightly used items. We are the first Habitat to build affordable accessory dwelling units (ADUS).
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 23, 2017
Announcements and reminders
Our annual fundraiser dinner will be May 5th from 5:30 to 9:00 PM. We will be roasting Zach Friend. Tickets are $150. We need silent auction items.
 
A new member was inducted today. Constantin Gehriger received a blue badge as a ‘permanent guest’ of the club.
Rotarian of the week was Tim Powell for his distribution of our elementary school books.
 
Win reinstated the past presidents meeting. It will meet next Thursday at 1:30 after the meeting. Foundation meeting is before next week’s meeting at 11:00.
 
Please sign up to volunteer for the music festival on May 27th and May 28th. You must work all day from 9:00 AM until closing. It is also possible to help with set-up on Friday. See Sandra for more information.
 
Pam Goodman announced that on April 27th we will not meet here but will have a tour at Aptos High School.
 
Sign up for beach cleanup at Beer Can beach at 9:00 AM on April 8th (a Saturday morning).
 
John Fisher reminded us to make our $30 donation for Polio Plus.
 
Sloane introduced Dr. Merrianne Burtch from Birchbark Foundation. She has practiced veterinary medicine in this area for more than 20 years. She spoke about the need for comprehensive affordable pet care and the importance of animals in research.
 
  
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 09, 2017
 
Announcements and reminders
Richard announced beach cleanup will be April 8th at beer can beach. He will send around a sign up next week.
 
Area speech contest will be next week. We will be in the big room. We are expecting six contestants.
 
Michele announced sponsorship levels for the fundraiser. They begin at $2500 down to $500.
 
Al announced that Stop Hunger Now was rescheduled and will be April 29th still at New Brighton middle school.
 
District assembly will be April 13th from 5-9.
 
Doug announced homeless shelter soup supper is Thursday April 20th 5:30 to 7:30. If there is enough interest we will buy a table.
 
District conference will be May 6th in Santa Cruz (the day after our fundraiser!). We will talk later about whether or not we want to do a table.
Larry introduced our speaker today, Dr. Goldi Jacques Maynes, a chiropractor who focuses on wellness. Her clinic offers massage and acupuncture as well as chiropractic care. She is a local person who grew up here in Aptos.
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Mar 02, 2017
Announcements and reminders
 
Michelle reminded us of the need for silent auction items for our annual fundraiser for Leo’s Haven. The roast of supervisor Zach Friend will be on May 5th at the clubhouse. Sponsorships are also needed as well as bottles of wine for the wine cart. 
 
Doug reminded us that the area speech contest will be March 16th. Winners of the club speech contests will compete in the large room. If you signed up to volunteer remember to come a bit early that day. The contest will begin promptly at 12:15.
 
John Fisher gave Kelly the Rotary International District 5170 award as Grand Donor for the Rotary Foundation. He also said a new program has been started. During the month of March our district is asking every Rotarian to write a check for $30 to the foundation for Polio Plus. The Bill Gates foundation will match our area’s contributions.
 
Our speaker today was John Presleigh, Director of the county's Department of Public Works (see photo). He spoke to us about the recovery effort and road damage from the recent storms.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 23, 2017
 
Today was the annual high school speech contest at Capitola  Aptos Rotary.  Four students from area high schools competed anonymously speaking on a topic of their choice (see photo below).
 
Contestants were judged on presentation, style and content, as well as their ability to hold their audience, while  incorporating Rotary values into their topic. The top ranked speaker was Annie Nigh. She spoke about the need for clean water around the world, winning a $200 scholarship. Second and third place winners won $100 and $50 scholarships respectively.
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 17, 2017
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Tiffany Zachmeier of Bay Federal announced the bite of reality event a free hands on financial literacy simulation for HS seniors. It will be Friday Feb 24th 8:45-12:00 at Aptos high school. Volunteers are needed. You can contact Tiffany at 831-477-8414.
 
Rotarian of the Week who donated the bench at the polo grounds was Dr. Art Dover!
 
Michelle reminded us that our major fundraiser is May 5th. We are collecting silent and live auction items and we need a bottle of wine from everybody. Michelle will send us the form to use to recruit donors.
 
John Fisher announced that Bill is a Major Giver of the Rotary Foundation.
 
Doug announced that the club speech contest is next week Feb 23rd. We have 9-10 contestants so the meeting will start right at 12:00.
 
 Stop Hunger Now food packaging event will be on Sat Feb 25 at 8:00 – 8:45 at New Brighton middle school.
Tim introduced our speaker today, Glenn Pomeroy from the CA Earthquake Authority a publicly managed but privately funded entity.
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 09, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Bonny and Connie as well as 4 others members of Rotoract  from UCSC attended our meeting today (see photos). They want to have members of our club mentor a college student. If interested please let them know.  They are also asking Rotarians to give them a job and we pay them $10 an hour and the money goes to Rotoract.  They will have their first fundraiser on April 29th, a silent auction with entertainment … they need donated items to auction off. If you have anything let them know!
Feb 23rd and Mar 16th will be our club and area speech contests.
Our major fundraiser is May 5th. Please let Michelle know if you have silent auction items or access to a vacation home or other exciting things. The committee meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 11:15.
On Feb 25th is the Stop Hunger distribution at New Brighton Middle School (across the street from St. Joseph’s)  at 8:30 in the morning.
 
 
 
 
Craig introduced our speaker today, Armando Alcaraz, of his own consulting firm. He brings 10 years of experience to his chosen field of transformational leadership and communication. He is also a musician and songwriter!  Today he spoke to us about the ‘magical opportunity of conflict.’
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Feb 02, 2017
Announcements and reminders
Santa Cruz Sunrise will have a winetasting live music and art auction event to turn wine to water for Africa on Feb 11th at the Tannery District conference on May 6th and 7th.
Major fundraiser is May 5th. We need live and silent auction items! Tickets will be $150 apiece or you can buy a table for $1400.
Tim reported on the book distribution. All five schools in the service area will be given Picture Me Reading books for the students.
Speech contest is Feb 23rd. Doug reminded us it will be a longer than usual meeting and you may wish to come 15 minutes early. If you signed up to volunteer remember to come! Doug will send out e-mail reminders.
Stop Hunger Now will be Saturday Feb 25th at New Brighton Middle School for a barrel wrap.
February 22nd will be the Aptos Soquel Capitola Chamber event here at the golf club from 4:00 – 7:00.
Monte Vista school needs judges for a poster contest February 24th. Let Doug know if you are interested. 
John reported we have given $32,450 for the Rotary Foundation this year.
 
 
 
Doug introduced Mary Kashmar, our speaker today, from CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). It empowers volunteers to directly influence the lives of children in foster care by being a special advocate. They inform the courts and others as to what the child needs and what is in his/her best interests.
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 26, 2017
January 26, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
Win said the Rotarians of the week were Bee and Pam for all their wonderful programs.
Sandra reminded us about RYLA for sophomores and juniors in high school. She has applications with her at the meetings.
Doug asked us to sign-up to help with the speech contest(s). Club contest is on Feb 23rd and March 16th is the area contest. We will probably start closer to noon those days.
Sign up for Stop Hunger Now to stuff barrels. It will be on Sat 25th of February at New Brighton middle school. Interacters and other rotary clubs will also be involved.
Michelle reminded us the major fundraiser is May 5th. It is a fundraiser for Leo’s Haven. Live and silent auction items are needed.
She also reminded us about the Meals on Wheels Fundraiser. It will be Friday February 3rd  and tickets are $60. If there is enough interest we will do a rotary table.
Our speaker today was Mary Gourlay. She spoke to us about the new development that is coming to Aptos Village in the next year. She has a master’s degree from Harvard and is a Swenson development manager who has worked in the field of community planning for the past 20 years.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 18, 2017
Announcements and Reminders
 
Scott Turnbull spoke to us about the being the new Superintendent of Schools at the Soquel school district.  He has been in education for 27 years. He comes to us from the Santa Barbara area. He spoke about the passing of Measure C and how they will now be able to replace the portable classrooms. They are actively recruiting for the citizen’s oversight committee. Sandra will have the paperwork for anyone interested.
 
Michelle announced Feb 3rd is a luncheon for Meals on Wheels at 11:30 at Chaminade. Called Food From the Heart, Mark Stone will be the speaker. Tickets are $60. She also announced that Sat March 4th is the crab feed fundraiser for the fair grounds. Tickets for this are also $60.
 
Friday May 5th is our fundraiser for Leo’s Haven. It is a roast of Zach Friend. The committee meets the first and third Thursdays before our regular meeting. Silent and live auction items needed as well as bottles of wine.
 
Rotary night at the warriors is $25. Al has tickets. Deadline is next Thursday.
 
Sandra will be putting out application soon for RYLA. Sophomore and juniors are welcome to apply. Sandra will have the applications.
 
Doug Deaver reminded us of the speech contest. He also announced the Stop Hunger Now package wrapping will be on Sat Feb 25th 8:00 to 11:30.
 
 
Dr. Art introduced our speaker, Robert Strayer, who is a professor of world history. He has written a number of textbooks and is teaching at local colleges and writing another textbook. He spoke to us today about Islamic fundamentalism.
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 11, 2017
 
Announcements and Reminders
Rotary Night at the Warriors will be February 3rd at 7:00. They are playing the Iowa Energy. Al has twenty tickets at $25 each if you wish to go. You’ll get a tee shirt with your ticket!
Michelle has Rotary shirts for us women! Give her your size or she will assign one. Also fundraiser meetings will be held 1st and 3rd Thursday right before the regular meeting. Start looking for silent and live auction items!
Doug said the club speech contest will be February 23rd and March 16th will be the areawide competition. We will be hosting both of them here.
We will be putting together a Stop Hunger Now event at New Brighton middle school on Saturday February 25th . It will be similar to the barrel wrap that we do. Sign up with Doug Deaver.
Al announced that the Rotary Foundation International has given away $3 billion since its inception!!
May 7th will be our area meeting at the Boardwalk.
After several serious meetings today was all about fun. Jaqueline Kabat (pictured above with Bee Peters) was with us today. She is a comedian who teaches improvisation, works with corporations to do team building and also taught at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jan 06, 2017
Announcements and reminders
 
A visiting Rotarian from the Santa Cruz  Sunrise  club announced that they now meet at the Back Nine on Tuesday at 7:15.am
 
May 26th is our major fundraiser. The planning committee will meet on the first and third Thursdays before the regular meeting. Come and join in!
 
Keith reported back on the International Rotary dinner where they spoke about the foundation and the convention in Atlanta.
 
Doug announced that we ran an ad in the Aptos Times congratulating them on their 25th anniversary.
 
Doug also announced The speech contest  will be Feb 23rd and the area contest will follow. Sign-ups next week.
 
We received a nice Christmas card from a student we support at the school of St. Jude.
 
Dr. Art says flu vaccine is ‘right on target’  this year and you can receive shots from him.
 
 
Dr Laina Fambrat Holtzman was our speaker today. She spoke on  the topic ‘Is there a global rule of law? And who is enforcing it?’
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Dec 16, 2016
 
Today we enjoyed Christmas music from the Higher Ground...
and said good by to one of our oldest and best loved  members, Chuck Witt as he moves to Southern California to be with family.
 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Capitola Aptos Rotary!
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Dec 07, 2016
 
Announcements and reminders
Rotarian of the week is Al for not being at this meeting
February 3RD is Rotary Night at the Warriors. See Al for tickets.
Speech contest is February 23rdiI
On Jan 3rd the International Rotary president will speak at the Doubletree Inn. We plan to get a limo to go over.  It will leave at 5:00 or so.
Tim said the check has been delivered for the stop signs we donated to the Rio del Mar Parents Alliance.
Red badge requirement been reviewed (going from red to blue). New requirments are available from Al.
Keith announced that his Christmas party was a great success. He thanked Sheri de Cameron and Michelle Bagley and Art Dover for their help.
Brenda said we are going to have an ad in the Aptos Times with congratulations to them for 25 years.
 
Primary care provider Dr. Motyka spoke to us about the future of primary care. She is a family practice physician and a licensed acupuncturist.  She has staff privileges at Dominican
She spoke about the bewildering array of challenges right now in primary care.  
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 30, 2016
Rotary meeting
Announcements and Reminders
Al announced Rotarian of the week is Michelle Bassey for her service to the community.
International Rotary President John Germ will be at Double Tree Inn Feb 3rd
Club speech contest will be here the 23rd of February. The date for the area contest will be announced later.
December 15th will be carol singing with Sam and his band.   
Tim was awarded the Paul Harris fellow 2nd level pin for his contributions to the foundation.
John announced that the club donated over $7000 this year to the Rotary Foundation and an additional amount to Polio Plus.
Keith’s Christmas party is this Sunday December 4th at 4:00. Come all and wish each other a Merry Christmas!
There is a Watsonville Band concert on Dec 11th at the Mello center at 2:00 PM free!
Today our speakers were from the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office Consumer Fraud Division. They spoke to us about current scams in our area and how to protect ourselves.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 16, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Feb 3rd is Rotary night at the Warriors. More information later.
RYLA will be June 24th thru the 30th;
We are dark next week (Nov 24th) as well as December 22nd and 29th.
Stan’s memorial service is Dec 2nd 1:00 PM at Watsonville Buddhist Temple.
John Fisher reminded us of our Foundation giving, due by the end of this November.
In memory of Veterans Day our many Veteran’s (12 in total) shared their experiences in the service, including which war they served in and where they served.
Today our own Claire McAdams and her husband, Rich, shared the story of their trip to Cuba.  It was part of an exciting tour they took last spring. It was a face to face program where you really get to meet some of the people. They went to schools and senior homes, cathedrals, community centers and art studios. Claire said it was difficult to get in, but there was already a contract with Alabama rice farmers, so things will be changing.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 09, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Several Rotaract members from Santa Cruz County attended today’s meeting including their president, secretary and committee chairs. They spoke to us the Big West conference that our club helped to fund.
A roast for Zach Friend will be the major fund raiser for this year. The beneficiary will be the Chanticleer St. accessible county park for children and others with disabilities (Leo’s Haven)
Doug Deaver is the organizer for the speech contest which will be held on Feb 23rd.
We will be dark on the 22nd and the 29th of December.
Tim gave a ‘thank you’ to all of our veterans. Veteran’s Day is tomorrow!
Happy Birthday to John Fisher who will be 94 on Saturday!
 
Our speaker today was Bonnie Hawly who spoke about the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. It is the 40th anniversary of the state park system. In our area in Aptos we have Nisene Marks, New Brighton and Sea Cliff State Parks. In addition The Santa Cruz Mission (Holy Cross) is a State Historic Park as well as the Castro Adobe.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Nov 02, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarian of the week is Keith.
Kate announced it’s time for the home tour for the symphony . She has tickets for $40 each.
John Fisher announced that Foundation month is here! Make donations to him. Prizes will be available!
There is an InterAct beach cleanup is this Saturday November 5th at Trestle Beach. InterAct will be doing a barbecue afterwards.
Doug announced that if you know a junior in high school that might be interested in being a an entrepreneur  let him  know and he’ll give you an application for the Roatary sponsored competition.
 
Tricia Potts was our speaker today. She founded the Santa Cruz Playground project.  It is  a volunteer organization working in a public private partnership with the county. It will be at Chanticleer Park and will be our county’s first inclusive playground.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 26, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
 
Al was the Rotarian of the week for organizing a very successful Avenue of Service trip on Oct 22nd.
Michelle announced that Digital Nest is having its 2nd birthday on Sunday, November 13th.
John Fisher announced that 19 of our members contributed $ 4,100 for annual giving to the Rotary Foundation  and $15,000 for Polio Plus. November is the month to contribute!
Aptos Interact club is doing a beach clean-up at Trestle beach at 9:00 AM this Saturday.
Keith said pick up your invitation to the Christmas party. It is on December 4th at Keith’s house at 4:00. Everything is provided! Please come and bring your singing voice!
Jan Hadjuk led us in an informal memorial to Stan, her husband, who passed away two weeks ago. He was a faithful Rotary member, serving in many capacities throughout his adult life. She thanked specifically Dennis, his true blue friend, as well as Sandy, Pam Goodman, Bee, Doug and especially Al.
 
 
Today the club heard from the Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy raisers (see photo). Guide Dogs was set up after WWII for veterans. Today they serve anyone with a visual impairment. Services are provided free of charge and owners are given support the whole time they are teamed with the dog. 
The dogs are born in San Rafael .They are purposely bred there; Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and mixes of these two breeds. They then go into the home of a volunteer puppy raiser to develop socialization skills, learn to focus and work on self-control. They begin to serve at 15 to 20 months of age. They should by then be able to follow instructions and be mature.
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 19, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
John Fisher reminded us of Foundation giving next month.
 
Sandra read us a thank you note from our Soquel High Interact club for our support for the RYLA  fall leadership conference.
 
Dr. Art will have senior flu vaccines next week.
 
Keith announced our Christmas party will be December 4th at 4:00. Let him know if you are coming!
 
Our scholarship recipient from UCSC thanked us for our support. He is a cancer researcher at the molecular level. Later in the year he will make a presentation to the club on his research.
Jim Zenner and Jim Weisenstein, both past presidents from Santa Cruz Rotary, spoke to us today about the Water Warriors project whose motto is Service Explore Connect. It is a program to promote water, education and peace. Jim Zenner said his niece introduced him to John Kaufman who runs H2Open doors within Rotary International.   This is a service and cultural exchange program that offers  ‘volontourism’ trips especially created by Helping Hands USA for H2Open Doors, for members of Rotary and friends and family.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 12, 2016
The club was dark today as we went off an a planned field trip to Digital Nest at 318B Union Street in Watsonville (on the south county Cabrillo College campus).  
The Nest is only a few years old and moved to its new setting less than a year ago, tripling the size of its facility (which is the old post office in Watsonville complete with preserved customer service windows!). Their focus is work force development and already six of their members have gone on to jobs in the tech field. Others have gone on to college.
Members aged from 12 to 24 can focus on web site development, graphics, digital music and video production.Instructors come from all over, some paid staff, others offering their volunteer time.  Local businesses are beginning to look to them for skilled labor and they are also beginning to establish a price structure for future contracts.
Members attend for free and can use (and even check out) the laptops to work on their projects. Through relationships with Second Harvest and local chefs, they even offer their members free food. They are open nearly every day of the year.
As we were finishing the tour, one of the students offered his opinion that Digital Nest was the ‘coolest place’ to hang out and learn.  
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 28, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
 
Today’s Rotarian of the Week was Laura  who got a $5000 grant for RotaCare from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Congratulations to her and the rest of the RotaCare team!
 
Saturday Oct 1st between 8 and 8:30 is the annual holiday barrel wrap at the food bank benefitting Second Harvest.
Avenue of Service is Oct 22nd. Board members are encouraged to attend.
 
Oct 13th we are meeting at Digital Nest on Union Street in Watsonville. Sign up for your lunch choice if you are planning to come.
 
Dr. Susan Hughmanick and her team spoke today about Karimu (meaning generous or willing in Swahili) established in 2008 to renovate the Ufani Primary School in a subsistence farming village in Tanzania There is now not only a a new toilet with sinks but a new school with 350 students. They became a nonprofit in 2008. Since then Karimu has grown to offer many other services to meet local needs.
           
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 21, 2016
Sept 22nd
Announcements and Reminders
The Second Harvest Barrel wrap is on Sat Oct 1st 7:30 at the Food Bank.
 
Sandra announced that Soquel Interact has 35 kids in the club.  She may come back to the club and ask for some financial help to get the kids to the Fall Leadership Conference in San Jose.
 
Santa Cruz Office of Education has the S4C forum here at 5:30 Monday night.  All of the Districts and Cabrillo are working together to improve math /science education.
 
Al mentioned that an art auction fundraiser needs a contact person. Laura agreed to be that person.
 
Oct 13th we will be meeting at Digital Nest in Watsonville on Main St.
 
Bee announced that Bob Curtis donated his lottery winnings to the Elkhorn Slough and that they will be used to help low income children be transported to the Slough educational programs.
 
 
Pam Goodman introduced Dr. Strayer who is a history professor but spoke to us about climate change with a particular focus on a proposal for addressing this issue.
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Sep 15, 2016
September 15, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Rachel Ann Goodman spoke to us about a new community radio station to replace KUSP which went bankrupt.  The new station would have public service as its core.  The current effort is to get the license and transmitters for our community before they are bought by an outside company. For more information or to make a financial contribution contact Rachel@well.com  or 831 call 419-9047.
Doug Deaver was Rotarian of the week.
Win shared info from a membership meeting in Milpedes. We need to reconfigure our club to look like the community it serves (blend of age gender and ethnicity) and consider creating interest groups.
Doug announced Second Harvest Barrel Wrap is Saturday Oct 1st.  It starts at 7:30 AM.
Dr. Art is offering flu shots today and in two weeks.
This Saturday will be Beach Clean-up at Sumner and Dolphin at 9:00. Look for a red Prius with tailgate up. Gloves,bags and tally sheets will be there.
 
Our speaker today was Virginia Goulin, a coastal and marine scientist. She is a UCSC graduate and then went to San Jose State. She came to speak to us about Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve which is owned and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. They work with two partners: The Elkhorn Slough Foundation, whose mission is to conserve and interpret the national resources at the reserve (they are also a land trust) and  NOAA, which  is the federal partner. Elkhorn is one of their 28 reserves.
Elkhorn Slough Pamela Arnsberger 2016-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Sep 07, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarian of the week was Pam Goodman.
Dr. Art will begin to offer flu shots next week.
John Fisher passed out pledge cards for the foundation. They need to be in by November 3rd.
Pam Goodman announced that there are baskets to raffle for the benefit of the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk which will be on September 24th.
Rich announced beach clean-up will be September 17th at Beer Can Beach. Meet there at 9:00.
 
      Dr. Aaron Morse, Medical Director of Sleep Health MD, was our speaker today. He spoke on Sleep and Wellness. He has been in Santa Cruz since 1981, practicing pulmonary and critical care medicine. He began by stressing that sleep is a detoxifying process that purges us of neurochemicals that build up during  the day.
Sleep duration recommendations  go down over time. Adults need 7-9 hrs and the elderly may need a bit less. The risks of insufficient sleep are major. It doubles the risk for breast cancer and heart disease. In addition, weight gain and obesity are both correlated with less sleep. It is also a mortality risk. An increase in one hr of sleep per day is associated with a 14 lb weight loss per year. Sleep deprivation is of concern because we are all getting on average an hour less sleep than we were around 50 yrs ago (in the 70’s).
 
 
    
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 31, 2016
September 1, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
This week’s Rotarian of the Week is Michele Bassi nominated for woman of the year by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce.
We are looking for a 2019-2020 District Governor.
A fund development training will be held in Los Gatos September 24th 8:30-12:00.
Michelle announced that a luncheon is coming up for the scholarship program for emergency grants to benefit  the Cabrillo College Foundation WES Women Education Success program. It is $100 a ticket for the luncheon which will be held Friday September 30th at the Cabrillo College Horticultural Center.
Story
         Kendra Cleary introduced our speaker Lynne Grossi who spoke about the upcoming attractions at the Santa Cruz County Fair. This year the fair is September 14-18th.
    
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 24, 2016
August 25, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Today’s Rotarian of the week was Rich Hamlin for handling the finances as treasurer… truly our unsung hero!
Next Monday Aug 29th there a mixer at Bruno’s in Scotts Valley. You can sign up with Al.
John Fisher announced that the Rotary Foundation will be soliciting the membership for their annual donation next month!
Sept 17th is the Beer Can Beach Clean-up. Meet at 9:00 AM.
 
Kendra introduced the speaker today, Cathy Conway, the Chief Communication Officer from Hospice.
  
 
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Aug 17, 2016
August  18, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Doug Deaver introduced one of our scholarship recipients from Aptos High, who took a gap year but now is going on to Fordham University. Congratulations Sarah and good luck!
We would like to welcome Scott Gillette who was inducted today as a new member.  He is actually a return member! So welcome back Scott!
Ken Gorman, a local attorney , was also inducted as a new member. Scott is also a gymnast! Welcome Ken!
Richard announced that the sign-up is available for beach cleanup at Beer Can Beach on Saturday Sept 17th  at  9:00 AM. Save Our Shores is the sponsor. If you don’t feel like bending over and picking up trash you can be the person who keeps the tally.
Win mentioned a program on membership a week from Saturday in Milpedes. Let Win know if you wish to go. You will need to sign up by the 20th.
 
Today Capitola Aptos Rotary joined in a group assembly led to discuss club membership and promotion. It is a follow-up to a meeting we had in March. The assembly was led by our President  Al de Camara and our President elect, Win Fernald ( see photo below).
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Jul 27, 2016
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Rotarian of the week was Doug Deaver for his preparation for the governor’s visit.
 
President Al welcomed our District Governor with his usual dignity. (See photo below).
 
Kelly announced that Al’s faux debunking is Thursday August 11th at the Santa Cruz Yacht Club. Please sign up if you haven’t yet.
 
Jeff Orth, District Governor, was here today to speak to us along with Donna Maurello, Assistant District Governor for the Santa Cruz area.
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Jul 20, 2016
July 21, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Doug  Deaver announced: (1) That we have two articles in this week’s Aptos Times; (2) The  faux debunking for Al is on Aug 11th at the Yacht Club; (3) Next Thursday the district governor will be here with his wife. They will be the program next week.
 
Keith announced that we received thank you notes from several of our community grant recipients  including the Volunteer Center, Save our Shores, and the Kids Foundation.
Pam Goodman introduced Sam Bishop our speaker for the day, pictured above with his wife, Elena. He is a member of the Santa Cruz Rotary Club, an adventurer, and a world traveler.  He presented a slide show about  Monsters of Guyana or rescuing the world’s largest scaled freshwater fish.
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Jul 13, 2016
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Tim Powell, Rotarian of the Week, announced that the 4th of July event was a success.
 
Doug Deaver announced that we are non-debunking Al on Thursday night Aug 11th. It is at the yacht club and is $35 per person. See Doug to sign up.
 
Richard said our next beach cleanup is on Sept 17th.
 
        Jerry Pettibone the incoming governor and John Fisher brought RYLA  (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) to our club in 1983-1984. RYLA started in Camp Harmon and now it is in Mission Springs.  Today Sandra introduced our RYLA recipients (pictured above with her) . They are both from Soquel High and involved in Interact.  Alyssa and Hyunkyung will be president and vice president of the club. They did a powerpoint narrated presentation about their time at RYLA camp.
              
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Jul 09, 2016
 
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Michelle Averill was welcomed as a new member.
July 28th the District Governor will be here. Board members should be here at 10:30.
On Aug 11th in the evening at the we’ll non-debunk Al (as he is staying on for another year). Pass on any information on Al to Doug. Pam Goodman announced we will be dark that day.
 Doug shared a photo of the sign thanking the Club for the money we donated for the new mural under the Aptos trestle
 
The speakers today were Allison Cruz from Estate Planning services, (Allison@Cruzkidz.com), Jen Walker, Programs and Development Manager from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter (SCAS) (www.scanimalshelter.org), and Renee M. Snow, PhD from ASL Financial (rsnow@sagepointadvisor.com). The topic was planning for your beloved pet as part of your estate planning or  what happens to them if something happens to you 
 
 
 
 
Estate planning for your pets Pam Arnsberger 2016-07-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Jun 29, 2016
Meeting
Announcements and Reminders
The District Governor visit is on July 28th.  Board members need to be here at 10:30.
 
Tim announced that 4th of July will be our day to provide beer at the Aptos Park after the parade. Doug will send around an e-mail reminding volunteers of their time slots.
 
Doug read thank you notes from two students who have been awarded Rotary scholarships.
 
Heather Moffat was our speaker today from the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History where she has been director since 2015. Her degree is in geology and she has two master’s degrees. She came to us from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Jun 23, 2016
June 23rd Meeting
 
Today’s club meeting was devoted to awarding our annual community service grants.  Awardees and the awards committee are pictured in the photo above along with President Al.  Twenty-three agencies, all non-profit 501C3 organizations, were awarded grants ranging from $500-$1500.  Rotary fundraising throughout the year is the source of funding for these grants. A wide variety of populations are served by these organizations from the homeless to the elderly to the environment to children.  The following is a list of the organizations that received awards and a brief description of the  purpose of their award (if available) :
 
 
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ROP
Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Jun 15, 2016
June 16th
Announcements and Reminders
 
Toast and Toast will be at Gilroy next Thursday. The 23rd. If you signed up you  are welcome to go.
 
Keith announced that he still needs a hula dancer for his party at 4:00 on Sunday, June 26th but that the party will be fun anyway. Come and join in!
 
Tim needs beer servers on the 4th of July. Sign up with him for a 2 hour shift.
 
 
Sandra introduced our speakers today from the Regional Occupational Program (ROP), Sheri Williams, Program Coordinator, Mark Hodges, Director of ROP and Jim Howes Assistant Director of the ROP.
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 08, 2016
 
Announcements and Reminders
The Toast and Roast is at Gilroy Gardens on June 23rd. Deadline to sign up is on the 15th. To sign up, see Al.
Michelle announced that the American Red Cross Heroes breakfast is on the 17th at 8:00 AM at Twin lakes Church. They will be honoring 11 local people. She is putting tables together. Let her know if you would like to go as her guest.
Keith’s party is on the 26th. If you haven’t signed up yet and are coming let him know.
Tim announced that as usual on the 4th of July we’ll be pouring the beer at Aptos Park. 11-4 will be the pouring time. Volunteer for a two hour shift.
 
Doug introduced our Interact scholarship students. They were a distinguished group including the valedictorian at Soquel High, a competitive dancer, a water polo player winning the coach’s award, a winner of all conference honors in various sports and is a  CSF president and life member. They discussed their community service projects including restoring a trading post for the Nez Pierce Indians, doing a child care project in Guatemala, volunteering  for Helping Hands which partners with people with disabilities to assist with household tasks and at Camp Hammer. Doug noted that all the students have had life challenges and have used them as motivation for their lives.
 
Karen Calcagno  was our speaker today. The topic was “Your legacy have it your way”. She is the founder of Advantage Business Center, helping with estate planning  and other issues. She is credentialed in coaching and mediation and focuses on financial and inheritance issues and helps people with the hard conversations.
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Jun 01, 2016
June 2nd 2016 meeting
Announcements and Reminders
Three Rotarians of the Week include Doug, Karen and Sandra for working so hard at the music festival!
 
On July 28th the District Board Governor is coming here. Board members should be here at 11:00.
 
Roast and Toast is on June 23rd. Sign up on the website (events.rotary.org) It’s $37 and it’s an open bar!
 
Keith’s party will be Sunday June 26th.
 
Claire McAdams announced the list of grantees. Grants will awarded on June 23rd at a luncheon will be in the big room. $18,450 in total will be awarded.
 
Doug Deaver announced that we made $1535 in tips for a net of $6200 at the Aptos Music Festival. Also he said we gave four scholarships each to Aptos and Soquel high graduating students.
 
 
Our speaker today was Hamutahl Cohen  a PhD candidate from UC Santa Cruz. She spoke to us about wild and native pollinators (bees!).  She is currently conducting research in bee/microbe interactions in gardens along the coast, focusing on the problem of bee decline.
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on May 29, 2016
May 25th Rotary Meeting
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Rotarian of the week for organizing the blues festival this weekend is Sandra Wallace. She has the list of volunteers and assignments.
 
July 28th the District Governor will visit. Board member and service chairs should be here at early at 11:00.
 
June 23rd will be the District Governors Toast at Gilroy Gardens.
 
Dr. Art received recognition for his donation to Rotary International.
 
Keith Madeiros party  is June 26th at his house. He also reported on Neil McCallum’s funeral which 15 club members attended.
 
Claire McAdams reported on the grants committee. They are making decisions on scholarships.
 
Bee Peters introduced our speaker today, Dr. Casey Lucius. She was in the navy, has a Master’s degree in national security affairs and a PhD in political science. She teaches at the Naval Postgraduate School. She is running for Sam Farr’s congressional seat but was here at Rotary to talk about national security and ISIS.
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on May 19, 2016
May 19, 2016 meeting
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
The Redwood Mountain Fair is June 4th and 5th at Roaring Camp. The price is $29.00
 
Deadline to submit for DDF funds is at the end of this month.
 
Michelle gave us an update on the major fundraiser. We raised about $14,000.
 
If you would like to present scholarships at Aptos High, let Burt know. It is next Wednesday night (May 25th).
 
Empowering our Youth in a violent environment
Our speaker today was Daniel Nane Alejandras founder and national director of Barrios Unidos,  a nationally and internationally recognized organization that works on youth violence and gang related activities.  Mr. Alejandras is a Viet Nam vet and UCSC graduate.
Barr
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on May 11, 2016
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Kyle Sharp, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, was inducted into the club today.
 
Michele reported that the net proceeds from our annual fundraiser were about $13,000 and were expected to be in the $15,000 range in the final accounting.
 
The Rotoract Club of Santa Cruz County reported on its activities.   They said 82 students have visited the club with 30 plus active members.  In the past year they volunteered almost 1000 service hours doing many things including beach clean-up  and Watsonville Wetlands.  Child Aid was their international project and their  local project was Jacobs Heart.  Interact with Rotoract Day was their major event.  Fun events included a day at Big Basin, karaoke and Christmas together off campus.  Their mentorship program is new and they passed out fliers about an event : Professional Development Workshop interview skills and dining etiquette on Friday May 27th 5:30-8:00 PM.
 
Keith announced that Neal McCallum’s funeral will be May 20th at Seymour Marine Memorial Center. Donations should go to his foundation at Ohlone College. 
 
Keith also announced a Hawaiian party Sunday June 26th at his house at 4 PM.
 
Sandra presented the club a plaque as thanks for the scoreboard we donated to New Brighton Middle School.
 
Pam Goodman introduced our speaker for the day,  Karina Pushnik ,
senior planner at Regional Transportation Commission  (RTC)
who spoke to us about the
2016 Transportation Improvement Plan.
Transportation Improvement Plan Pam Arnsberger 2016-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Arnsberger on May 04, 2016
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Tomorrow night (May 6th) is the Rotary Annual Fundraiser, a roast for our retiring Congressman Sam Farr. It begins at 5:30 at Aptos Seascape.  There are great silent auction items including motel stays, a wine wheelbarrow, a pontoon boat ride, a tour and lunch at Big Creek Lumber.
 
Delta Charter High School is having its first annual fundraiser May 25th at Sesnon House on theCabrillo Campus.
 
Our Rotary Club will be honored for the score board we donated by retiring supervisor Henry Castaneda at New Brighton Middle School at 3:30 next Tuesday.
 
Still need signups for the American Music festival on Memorial Day Weekend.
 
Pam Goodman introduced Janis O’Driscoll, our speaker today. She is the interim director at Santa Cruz Public Libraries who spoke to us about the library system. She began by saying a  new permanent director will come on board in June.
Our libraries and Measure S Pam Arnsberger 2016-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Apr 27, 2016
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Next week on May 6th is our annual Rotary fundraiser, a roast for Sam Farr, our retiring assemblyman. Be there at 5:00 for cocktails.
On May 28th and 29th we still need volunteers for the Aptos Music Festival. See Sandra to sign up.
Doug announced that there is a meeting tonight (4/28) on the  future of the Rancho Del Mar shopping center.
 
Our District Attorney Jeff Rossell was the speaker today. He is a UCSC graduate and attended went to law school at USC. He has been in the District Attorney’s office for 26 years, first in Honolulu and now here since 1994.
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Apr 20, 2016
April 21, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Sam received a Rotary Pin for contributions to the Paul Harris Foundation.  John Fisher said we contributed over $3000 to the polio plus effort through our donations to the foundation.
 
Sandra announced that we need help (volunteers) for the wine and beer booth at the Aptos Park on Memorial Day Weekend for the music festival. Volunteers need to be there all day. She needs people on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
 
Laura announced that we applied for a RotoCare grant from PAMF and we’ll know in June whether or not we receive funding.
 
Doug Deaver mentioned that one of our students is interested in beginning a RotorAct club at Santa Clara University.
 
 
Sandra Wallace introduced our speaker today. Christopher Deming is the recipient of our Piatt Rotary fellowship. She gave us some background on the award. Henry Piatt was a member of the club who left an endowment for a graduate of Santa Cruz County public high schools and a candidate for a post baccalaureate degree in the natural sciences at any one of the UC campuses. Mr. Deming, last year’s recipient, is a local student who is now at UCSC. He works on synthesis and analysis in chemistry and already has published more than 10 first author peer reviewed papers.  He is married and has a baby. He is hoping to teach chemistry at the college after he graduates.
 
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Posted on Apr 13, 2016
April 14, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
 
On April 16th Interact is putting on their annual dinner at 900 high street (the old Congregational Church) .  Tickets are $20 at the door.
Sandra is looking for volunteers for the SCAM festival. The dates are May 28th and May 29th at the Aptos Park.
Rob announced that over 20 applications for grants have been received.  The due date is April 15th. Applications can be on line or hard copy.
Michelle announced that fund raiser plans are coming along. She discussed progress towards the dinner which is Friday May 6th and is the roast of Sam Farr. There are 60 RSVP’s.
There was no speaker today. Our president elect, Stan Hajduk adjourned the meeting.
 
 
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Apr 06, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Peggy from the Santa Cruz Sunrise Club spoke to us about Uganda and the Santa Cruz Sister Cities Delegation.  She announced that Sunday April 17th there will be a cruise on the Monterey Bay with wine tasting and noshing from 10:30-2:30 PM. Tickets are $45 single  $60 for a couple. It will benefit the Rotary clean water project in Lhuhwahwa Village, Kasese, Uganda.
Michelle announced that the invitations are here for the fundraiser on May 6th. Please take them and share with your family and friends. Kelly further announced that we need to sign up to go to the event and/or you can donate gifts and prizes. The cost is $150 per person.
 
Tim introduced the speaker today,  Constance Chandlee, a prospective member of the club.  She wrote and illustrated Dog’s Path of Life  a book promoting intergenerational discussions for the entire family. The book teaches important life lessons, including respecting self and others, gratitude and interacting with the world.  It discusses how to value and respect yourself and others. The book offers opportunity for dialogue between adults (parents) and children. 
 
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Posted on Apr 06, 2016
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Mar 23, 2016
March 24, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Art, Stan, Keith, Doug and Win were named Rotarians of the week because they are all going to the district assembly.
A reminder that the major fundraiser event sign-up sheet is going around. The event is on May 6th! Sign up!  $150 per ticket!
 
 
Dr. Art Dover introduced our speaker for today’s meeting, Steve Nelson, CEO of  Plant Sciences in Watsonville.  He has a BS and MS in agriculture and, as  president of Plant Sciences is a leader on varietal development of strawberries and  other berries.
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Mar 09, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Doug announced that tomorrow (March 11th) the Rotary scoreboard for New Brighton Middle School will be installed beginning at 11:00 for anyone who would like to be there.
 
Al announced Apr 29th is the District Conference. Cost of $450 includes lodging
 
March 24th is the District Assembly. See Kyle Sharp to sign up. A limo will be available for the first 8 people signed up.
May 6th will be our major fundraiser. Live and silent auction items needed.  We are looking for businesses to sponsor the event. See Michelle if you can help.
Doug said March 22nd will be the regional speech contest in Gilroy. If interested in going, see Doug.
 
Keith announced that 4 RYLA students were selected, all with excellent academic records.
 
John Fisher awarded Doug Deaver a pin for his contributions to the Paul Harris scholarship fund. In addition Art Dover was recognized as a major donor to the Polio Plus campaign. He was awarded a plaque.
 
John also gave us a letter from the District requesting that each Rotary member contribute $30 that will be matched by the Bill Gates Foundation for PolioPlus. Make out your check to Rotary foundation for the $30 donation and give to John.
The remainder of the meeting was an assembly to promote membership of younger people in our club.
 
 
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Posted by pam arnsberger on Mar 02, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
On March 11th Brighton Middle School Rotary funded scoreboard will be installed. They would like as many of us as possible to attend.
Apr 29th is the district conference. The club will rent a limo and the first 8 people to signup will get a ride.
March 13th is Rotary night at the Warriors. Contact Al for tickets.
March 24th is the District Assembly. We will be renting a limo to go there also.
Stan announced that we need someone for the last Thursday in March to be detective and there are also sign-ups for April. If you haven’t done it before now is your chance!
Tim announced that the club is donating a bench at the Polo grounds. Dr. Art is the donor making Dr. Art the Rotarian of the week.
Blues festival is the weekend of May28th and 29th. Sign up to volunteer.
Freedom Rotary is having their casino night at March 19th at the fairgrounds.
Rich announced that next meeting is a roundtable on expanding club membership.  It will be a dialogue. There will also be also be a discussion of contacts.
Story
Pam Goodman introduced Brian Peeples. He is from a political PAC Trailnow.org   that is targeting the rail trail initiative. They are going to promote getting the trail built but with no train. They are focusing on the railroad tracks that go from Santa Cruz to Manresa.  They are interested in using this asset today within our lifetime as a trail without the train.
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Feb 24, 2016
 
Feb 25th
Announcements
March 13th will be Rotary Night at the Santa Cruz Warriors. Tickets are $25.00.
Sue reminded us that applications for community grants can be obtained online and that the final deadline for submission is April 15th.
We were also reminded of our annual fundraiser on May 6th and our impressive line-up of ‘roasters” including Zach Friend and Jimmy Panetta among other luminaries. Tickets are $150 and all the money will be used to fund the above community grants!
 
Story
Today Capitola Aptos Rotary welcomed representatives from the SLV, Scotts Valley, Sunrise, Freedom and Santa Cruz Clubs, who were all in Aptos to support the students in the area speech contest. The winner will go on to Gilroy to compete further on March 22nd. Winners today will receive $200, $100 and $50.  The theme for this contest is “Be a gift to the world.”  
The winner (pictured below with Doug Deaver, the contest organizer) was very impressive. She spoke on the important issue of the need for mental health services in the schools. The three competitors were: Madeline Peterson from San Lorenzo Valley , Jacquelin Boyzo from Cila High School in Watsonville and Megan Goodhue from Delta Charter School.
 
 
 

Area 7 Speech Contest Pam Arnsberger 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Feb 17, 2016
Feb 18thth
Announcements and reminders
Claire announced that we are beginning community grants season.  April 15th is the due date. Rob Martin will take applications while Claire is away.
Michelle announced that Leon Panetta will do a video shoot to add to the Sam Farr roast for our major fundraiser in May.
Doug announced that Scotts Valley Rotary Trivia cup challenge is on Feb 27th. Cost is $50 per person. Trivia teams are made up of four people. Doug has sign-up sheet.
Aptos Soquel business showcase will be next Wednesday night,  4:00-7:00 at Aptos Seascape. We need people to staff the table. See Doug Deaver.
Next week is the area speech contest. There will be four contestants participating who are contest winners from their own clubs.  There will be a large crowd so come early.
Richard announced that the beach clean-up is this Saturday at 9:00 AM at Dolphin and Sumner. Look for a red Prius with back open.
Sloane Devoto was accepted as a member into the club.
Story
Michele introduced Greg Peppin executive director of the Coastal Watershed Council, which is one of our (and other Rotary Clubs) grant recipients.
 
 
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger
 
February 4th
 
Th meeting today was a Rotary special event,  the  Richard D King Annual Youth Speech Contest.  Doug  Deaver emceed the event.  Seven  contestants came from Aptos and Soquel High.  The names of the contestants were: Sara Pedro, Galen Anderson, Isabella Price, Elias Nepa , Will Murphy, Annie Nigh and Mackenzie Detter.
 
Speeches were scored by five judges. Students were judged anonymously to prevent bias. All speeches had to incorporate the this year’s  Rotary  theme,  “Be a gift to the world”  as well as  the Rotary  four-way test:  Is it true? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill? Is it beneficial? The winner, Mackenzie Detter,  shown here with the second and third place winners, won $200, but all the students will receive a monetary prize.
 
The winning student will move on to the district wide speech contest which will also be held at our club on February  25th.
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger
January 28, 2016 Meeting
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarian of the Week was Doug Deaver for pulling off the speech contest. It will be next week (Feb 4th) and the meeting will begin 15 minutes early so the speech contest can start promptly at 12:15.
Doug also announced that we are under contract for the American Musical Festival on Memorial Day weekend. We’ll pass around sign-up sheets.
The club be taking RYLA application shortly for RYLA summer camp. If you know Juniors in High School (in our area) who might be eligible let Doug or Sandra know.
February 20th is beach clean-up. Sign-up sheets will be passed around next week.
Invitations are out for the annual fundraiser.
Art in Correction Program
Pam Goodman introduced Jack Bower who represents William James Association, a non-profit agency founded in 1973 by Page Smith.
Bower explained that the prison system creates social problems that William James Association addresses. The Association has affected tens of thousands of inmates in California and around the country through their Arts In Correction Program.
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger
January 21, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
 
Doug Deaver announced that we still have no speech contest contestants but are expecting two from Aptos High. He reminded us of our volunteer responsibilities on February 4th.
 
Richard reminded us of the Beach Clean Up on February 20th.  He’ll send around a sign-up sheet next week. It’s a chance to get to know people and do community service.
 
Stan reminded us of our detective sign-ups.
 
John Fisher presented Dr. Art with his ‘eighth plus’ Rotary Foundation pin.
 
Cannabis 101  The economic implications of a changing policy
 
Pam Goodman introduced Gavin Kogan who is an attorney and VP of INDUS holding company.  In 2015 he launched ALTAI and brought well -known brands of  marijuana to the recreational  marijuana market.
He travels throughout the state and speaks about this issue.
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Jan 13, 2016
January 14 Meeting
Announcements and Reminders
We were reminded that the annual fundraiser, a retirement party and roast for Sam Farr, will be May 6th. Zach Friend, Fred Keely, Bruce Medina and Jim Panetta will be among the participants. Invitations and save the date cards will go out soon. We need eight live auction items worth $500 or more and 30 silent auction items.
Rotarian(s) of the week for successfully completing the New Brighton Middle School Scoreboard Sign project were Doug Deaver and Tim Powell.
Sandra said that RYLA will be starting the application process soon. Juniors this year are eligible. Let Sandra know of any eligible students and she will get an application to them.
Speech club contest is February 4 and area contest is on Feb 25th. We are still waiting to know about participants.
March 10th will be club assembly. Rich Costa will lead it.
April 30th the Pope will performs Mass for Rotarians in Rome. Be there!
For bringing in a new member John Fisher received another pin. Burt Lemke was also awarded a pin. Sue Lawson was welcomed as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Doug announced that the club will contribute $500 to the repainting of the Aptos trestle.
Bee Peters introduced today’s speaker, Sarah Emmert. Ms Emmert is a UCSC grad and has a master’s degree in criminology from UC Irvine.  She has worked in social justice and advocacy and with people in the community impacted by the criminal justice system. She currently chairs the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force for United Way, a task force of the Criminal Justice Council.
 
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Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Jan 07, 2016
January 7th
Announcements and Reminders
Al announced Rotarian of the Week. It was Tim Powell for taking over Sunday’s event.
Michelle reminded us that May 6th is our major fundraising event.  Next Wednesday the 13th  will be a planning meeting is at Kelly’s. She reminded us that we are looking for both silent and live auction items.
Stan announced we need detectives. Sign up!
Doug announced that for the speech contest no students signed up yet but we are still hoping. Doug will communicate with us by e-mail for those who signed up to help. He read us an article in the Aptos Times about the money InterActors had raised for meals.
There is a club assembly coming up that Rich Costa will lead on March the 10th. We are going to launch a public relations effort for the club. This will be the time to share any ideas you have to publicize and promote the club.
Story
       Becky Herry, RN, spoke about her journey since being diagnosed with melanoma . She manages the Veterans Services program at LifeSpan and has had her story featured in news stories and films.
           
Hope for Melanoma Pam Arnsberger 2016-01-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Arnsberger
December 17th 2015
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
For surviving  Keith’s party, Rotarian of the week is Rich Costa! He says he was out of the emergency room and the ICU the next day feeling fine!
 
We were reminded that the wheelchair project in Monterey, Mexico will be March 30th thru April 3rd. Rotary is sending 4 containers  and raised $115,000.
 
Jan 31st is our deadline to pay for RYLA campers.
 
Doug reminded us about the club speech contest. As of now we have no students signed up but he’s expecting we will get some. Feb 4th is the date for our club; Feb 25th for area.
 
The nominating committee put forward the following names for 2016 club officers: Stan Hajduk, President; Win Fernald, President elect; Doug Deaver, Secretary;  Rich Hamlin, Treasurer; Graham Stokes, Sergeant at Arms. The slate was unanimously voted in.
 
Dr. Art announced that you should see him about flu vaccine if you haven’t done your shots yet.
Please note: The club will be dark on December 24th (Christmas Eve) and January 31st (New Year’s Eve). See you next year!
 
John Fisher spoke today about Bay area ‘Honor Flight’ that he was awarded on Oct 22nd.
 
John Fisher and Honor Flight Pam Arnsberger 2015-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Arnsberger
December 10th
Announcements and Reminders
The table for the Jan 3rd dinner is full, but if you wish to be an alternate let Al know.
 
John Fischer reminded us of the deadline for foundation giving. You need to do it before the end of the year.
 
Michelle told us reschedule Friday May 6th for the roast for Sam Farr. She will update us soon on silent auction needs.
 
Doug announced the speech contest (for the club) will be February 4th. We are also hosting the area contest on Thurs Feb 25th. We need judges, greeters, floaters and other people to assist at both events. See Doug to sign up.
 
Keith thanked us for coming for the party which was well attended and a great time for fun and fellowship!
The Higher Ground played us into a great mood with their wonderful southern gospel music. Sam said they are available for events (for free!) especially for long term facilities, so let them know if you have a venue!
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger
 
Dec 3rd  Meeting
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarian of the week is Michelle Bassey for heading up the fund raiser.
 
Regional meeting is Jan 3rd at 5:00 Doubletree Inn in San Jose; $100 a ticket.
 
Michelle set the date of May 5th  2016 for the fundraiser (the roast of Sam Farr). Next Wednesday the 9th  there is a fundraising  meeting at Laura’s house at 6:00. Ideas are needed on who will do the roasting as well as silent and live auction ideas.
 
Tim announced that SPCA will be doing a free Christmas wrap at the mall. If you have extra wrapping paper, gift bags or tape give it to Tim.
 
Keith reminded us of his party on Dec 6th, Sunday, at 4:00 at his home.
 
Doug introduced two students Interact officers from Soquel High. They spoke about a drive for coats and clothing for the homeless shelter and how they are partnering with Toys for Tots collecting new toys for children this Christmas.  All toys are welcome except for toys that look like weapons. Doug will be happy to collect.
 
Laura said there is a need for a temporary home for a 16 year old exchange student at Santa Cruz High.
 
John Fischer reminded us to make a donation to the Foundation and that there are a few days left to make it for the end of the year to get a tax credit. Give a check to John by December 15th  or do it on line.
 
Sue Lawson introduced our speaker today, Sandy Lansdale.  Sandy spoke about Walnut Commons, a three story condominium cohousing project.  It is downtown on Walnut Avenue and there are nineteen investor/ owners. They started one LLC and then formed another one to build. Barry Swenson builders did it. The process began in 2011 and they moved in three years later in 2014.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by pam arnsberger
November 19, 2015
Announcements and Reminders
 
Next week is dark (for Thanksgiving!)
Ian Wing spoke briefly about his Rotary experience in Japan as an exchange student, thanking the club for this opportunity. He is an artist and brought his paintings for us to see!
 
Rotarian of the week is Michelle Bassey for working on the fundraiser. She reported that there was a meeting last night. The idea this year is to do a roast and we will roast Sam Farr.  Possible dates  for the fundraiser will be circulated but it will be between next March and May (2016).
 
The youth exchange interview will be on December 6th. We’re looking for any possible host families.
December 2nd is the cabinet meeting.
 
Doug announced that Aptos Interact will do a bake sale to benefit Second Harvest the first weekend of December in different areas around Aptos. The Soquel Interact club will collect clothing for Homeless Services Center. Donations of warm clothing and socks are welcome.
 
 
Kelly introduced our speaker today, Jeff Gafney, from Santa Cruz County Parks Open Space and Recreation and Cultural Services. He graduated from San Jose state in 1993 and he assumed his current position in 2006.
 
 
County parks and open space update pam arnsberger 2015-11-19 00:00:00Z 0
 
November 12, 2015
Announcements and Reminders
 
Rotarian of the week is Stan Abraham.
 
RotarAct (for college age students) announced two fund raisers: (1) to employ college students to do things you don’t want (2) mentorship mixer coming up this Saturday.
 
Tim and Al will be at Aptos High School tomorrow (Friday)  from 9:00 to 10:30 to talk to the students. You are invited to come. 
 
Chamber of Commerce tree lighting will be Dec 5th. They are asking for donations for a string of 60-80 LED lights.
 
December 5th is the lighted boat parade at the yacht harbor and Kelly is in charge.
 
Our local supervisor from the second district, Zach Friend, spoke to us today about emergency preparedness in the case of El Nino.  Camilla Boolootian from the Red Cross was also available for questions and information.
The amount of rainfall should compare to the 82-83 winter. November should be normal, but December – March, 220% of normal is expected.  There could be blocked roads, slides and downed power lines. Public works has been going throughout the county to clear out culverts and pipes. Let them know if you have one in your neighborhood (831)454-2160. They’ve also been doing street sweeping to keep grates cleared.
 
 
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger
Oct 29 2015
Announcements and Reminders
 
The Rotary Foundation Board informed the club that we have left over $3200 which will be donated to RYLA. The members present approved the transfer.
 
Doug introduced InterAct co-presidents at Aptos High School, Cassie Smith and Lindsay Jones. They spoke about Aptos High and what’s going on there. Next week they will be working on Second Harvest fundraising. Last year they raised $12,000 and this year they hope to raise $14,000.   They also spoke about their RYLA experiences which they characterized as ‘life changing’.
 
Todays’ Rotarian of the Week is Becky Peters just because it is her birthday!
 
 
Francie Neufield introduced our speaker today, Krista Almanzan news director from KAZU one of our local NPR radio stations. Her topic was ‘The reinvention of KAZU.’  She produces the long form stories locally as well as statewide. Her work has won KAZU honors nationwide, as well as the Edwin R. Murrow award.  She produces a program called ‘Back at the Base’ reporting on veteran and military issues.
 
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Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 14, 2015
Oct 15th 2015 Meeting
 
Announcements and Reminders
 
Congrats to Chuck in his new career as a LifeSpan model!
 
Dr. Art announced he still has flu and pneumonia vaccines available to be dispensed after the meeting.
 
Pam Goodman introduced the speaker today, Elizabeth Borelli, who spoke to us on Building Habits for Life Work. She is a speaker and author. She established Well Beyond, a game based program that helps people build healthier habits.
 
Building Healthy Habits Pamela Arnsberger 2015-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Oct 07, 2015
Rotary meeting
Oct 8th
 
Announcements and Reminders
The rotarian of the week is John Fischer.
Feb 25th we are hosting the area 7 speech contest. Kate will be chairing that event.
Dr. Art reminded us to get our flu vaccines from him next week (and pneumonia vaccines also if you are on MediCare )
 
Story
Becky Peters introduced the speakers today, Gary Gillis and Frank Moore with the Scotts Valley and Stockton Rotary Clubs, respectively. Gary was with the Stockton fire department as fire chief. Frank graduated from USC and worked in a family business and is now starting his second career as a teacher. Both are long term Rotarians.

 

 
Rotary International goes to Southeast Asia Pamela Arnsberger 2015-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pamela Arnsberger
September 24
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarians of the week are Win and Keith for attending the public relations seminar on Tuesday night.
Pam announced that you can buy tickets to support the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk by purchasing a chance to win a basket for $5 a ticket or 5 tickets for $20.
There are new brochures to explain Rotary with applications attached. Ask Al if you haven’t already received one.
There will be a Barrel Wrap at Food Bank on Saturday at 8:00 to support Second Harvest. Be there if you signed up.
Stan says we still need detectives for Oct 1st and 22nd. If you have never been a detective, speak to Stan about volunteering!
 
Story
  Karen introduced our speakers today, Patty Fernandez and Virginia Howard   from Girls Inc of the Central Coast.  Their mission is to inspire girls to be Strong Smart and Bold© and to respect themselves and the world around them. They serve Santa Cruz Monterey and San Benito County. 
Virginia Howard said they are part of a national network of programs that deliver research based interventions to girls aged 8-18 to prepare them for economic independence and confident adulthood.  They serve almost 1000 girls a year.
 
Girls,Inc. Pamela Arnsberger 2015-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Pam Arnsberger on Sep 16, 2015
September 17th Meeting
Announcements and Reminders
 
The district is asking us to host the area 7 speech contest.  Kate volunteered  to assist.
 
Pam announced that we can buy tickets to support the Alzheimer’s Association Walk in October. There is a drawing for gift baskets each of which have $300 -$400 worth of goods.  Tickets for the drawing are $5 each or $5 for $20. The drawing will be held Oct 1st.
 
Win and Rich Costa have volunteered to be our PR officers and will go to training on the 22nd.
 
A week from Saturday on the 26th there will be the  Second Harvest  barrel wrap.at the Food Bank. If you volunteered show up at 8:30  at the Food Bank.
 
Stan announced that he needs detectives for October and November. Sign up if you haven‘t yet done this!
 
Beach clean- up will be this Saturday  the 21st at 10:00 AM.  Meet at Sumner and Dolphin for a fun day!
 
Doug reminded us that the Interact clubs are meeting again and any help/support  from club members  is appreciated.  
 
      Pam Goodman introduced Jeri Ross our speaker for the day. She is a licensed health educator who was the public health division chief. She is now the founder of a skin care business and has a life skills coaching practice.  She spoke about a program called Get on the Bus, a non-profit prison visitation organization.
      
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Rotary meeting
August 27, 2015
 
Announcements and Reminders
September 26th is the date for the Second Harvest barrel wrap. Sign-up sheet will be passed around at next meeting.
Al read a letter from the District Governor thanking us for our welcome and hospitality.
From Unraveled  ( pediatric cancer research group)   we received a thank you note for our donation.
September 22nd   there is a Rotary public relations (PR) meeting in Santa Clara. See Al for details.
Michele announced  Notre Dame School  in Watsonville is having a ‘brot and brew’ festival  $40 per person for food and entertainment.  $5 for kids.
Beach cleanup will be September 19th at 9:00 AM. We meet at Dolphin and Sumner.
Doug announced that first Interact meetings will be next week at Aptos and Soquel High. He’s looking for people who might want to attend some of the meetings to provide support. If interested let Doug know.
 
Art Dover introduced our guest speaker. Dr.  Charlie Wasser , among other occupations a  geologist and geographer,  is currently developing a  new business with Rotary logos on high end merchandise. For some years he has been very involved in our Rotary campaign to end polio as the PolioPlus campaign chair.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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June 11, 2015

Announcements and Reminders

Our exchange student Celine Jolie is returning to France after a year at Aptos High School as a sophomore.  We wish her luck in the future and many thanks to Sue for serving as host mom his past year!

Rotarian of the week is Jim for all the work he does for the club and for keeping Al DeCamera in line!

A grants seminar will be held at 8:30 July 11th in Los Gatos. We are required to go if we are going to receive DDF funds.

Becky Loy will be going June 30th toTibet but grant activities will continue into next year. Donations are needed to continue this work and should go the Capitola Aptos Rotary Foundation designated for Tibet Project.

The debunking  will be held on June 19th at 5:30  at Seascape. Let Doug know if you will be attending, if you will be bringing a guest or not and your meal preference. Next week  (Thursday) will be dark in preparation for the debunking Friday night.

Let Tim know if you wish to sign up for the Fourth of July fundraiser.

Win Fernald, recently retired to Aptos, was welcomed into the club as a new member.

Learn to Discover

 We heard a report on one of our funded projects today, Learn to Discover, which allows youth to explore technical careers at an early age.  The speaker explained the acronym “Steam” which stands for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math.  Learn to Discover focuses on teaching kids how to think, problem solve and be innovative.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today we got a visit from the District 17 Congressman Sam Farr. Guess what? Washington is in a  stalemate  polarized mess. Also present Zach the Supervisor Friend and CAP President Doug Deavers.

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On October 31 We have the Honorable Sam Farr 17th District as our special guest. We have three blue Badges being presented (actually FOUR) and  ONE DOUBLE Emerald Paul Harris to Tom McGranahan being presented plus Number of high school students to meet and greet their local congressman... Don't miss.. This is a BIG day for CAP Rotary and our New Blue Badge Rotarians!

 

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Thanks to Helen Dillman, co vice-president of the Soquel Interact Club for updating us last week on the Fall Leadership Conference she attended and on updating us on the club activities.  I asked how a junior could be so relaxed speaking to a large crowd, and she said got her self confidence at RYLA camp. We do make a difference!

 

 

 

 

 

 ImageOctober 24th was also World Polio day.  At the meeting Helen read a proclamation from Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors declaring it World Polio Day to acknowledge Rotary's commitment to eradicate polio worldwide.  We also distributed a club proclamation acknowledging the same.  The following picture shows the club showing how close we are to eliminating polio worldwide.  

 

 

 

Tammy Janosik of Rotacare was the main speaker. She said she had never talked to a Rotary Club that had so many members that were involved by volunteering at the clinic.  Last year the Bay Area Clinics treated over 28,000 patients and the Santa Cruz Clinic over 1,000.  Next year the RotaCare Bay Area will celebrate its 25th  year anniversary on April 10, and the will honor all the volunteers, that is National Volunteer Week, and she would like all of us to attend.   The 12 clinics are in 4 different Rotary Districts. She thanked all members for being involved with RotaCare. 

 

 

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SusannaHonig, PlattScholar recipient, UCSC, Marine Biology and Ecologi cal Evolution.

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Octoberfest! Who is the Speaker? The new President of Cabrillo College. How was Keiths Party? " Facebook ' Rotary club of Capitola Aptos"... BUT I DO have the Detective.. Michele ,( One l..)  ( Wells Fargo... SCORE!) Bassi... Remember the rules CAP.. no eye contact or being nice to her as the Detective.. Go ahead smile and be nice and avoid her...... She always has YOUR name on her hit list....And if she fines the months Detective Director... Well expect some thing "Special" on the 31st.....

 BTW Thanks Keith and everybody at his Solstice party for Rotary... Well done Mr past President.. We all had a great Time! Thanks for sharing MontMontre Keith...

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14 CAP Members volunteered their valuable Early Saturday Morning Time to participate in the preparation of 1000 barrels for Holiday Food collection sites throughout Santa Cruz County. Accompanied by almost 100 Interactors and Other Area Seven Rotarian Club Members the monumental effort quickly coalesced into a well oiled machine of stripping, restocking and rewrapping. In less than two hours the job was completed and the barrels all restocked and ready to go. Nice job CAP Rotarians!

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Rob and Jim, reversed left to right in Photo, spoke today from PGE. The presentation was " An Overview of Energy Alternatives to manage home and business Energy Bills".

 Fascinating.

 

 I meant to ask if with the new meters my friend Keith should feel safe enough to remove his nighttime " Tesla Home Aluminium Acme Propeller RoadRunner  Geek Cap with Radiation Protection Rotor" Guaranteed!... But I'm Glad I did not. 

 Rachel filled in for Sandra who threw the detective finder under the Bus by pretending to be experiencing a life threatening illness. Got a Pulse? Show Up! Rache did a fine job filling in last minute confusing the Long serving expert Men from PGE with questions about simple PGE history then hearing crickets...So she shifted focus to embarrass the CAP  members for non participation in last weeks Beach cleanup ( SOS) while 3200 other volunteers stepped up along 48 miles of coastline and picked up over  two tons of trash... 

 Automatic exemption from the Detective fine next week, from nasty mean  Kate: From Where, between Davenport and Big Sur was the majority of trash removed?

 

Don't forget the Second harvest Barrel Wrap on Saturday at 7 am.. it's really only an hour

DO NOT FORGET AND PLAN ON ATTENDING  the " Avenues of Service Spectacular" at 5170 in San Jose next Thursday...Rides are available thru Doug..." The District website reports it is a " 50,s, 60's THEMED attire reception at 4:30. ( I can't wait to see Elvis and Janis Joplin along with Frank Sinatra and Mick Jagger whooping it up at the Doubletree!

 Go A's!

Better living in a  Rotary State of Mind,

 

 Dr. Rex Manson

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Whose is the Photo bomb? (Hint: Her name only has one l.. )

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Hello New Member. You volunteer at the Vajrayana Foundation in Correlitos, a Buddist Meditation Center.. She lists her classification as Fundraiser. Welcome Rebekah! You are a prior serving Rotarian from Canandaigua, New York and an existing Paul Harris Fellow!

( The photo is of Rebekah demonstrating the Famous and Difficult (Sideways Budda Laughing Chi)  Yoga Position... (Which will last until I figure out how to straighten it up in Clubrunner)

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Cabrillo College.

 Her Director of Marketing and Communications Kristin Fabos.

 

 Karen Seminsen got her Fourth PHF recognition. Congratulations! Dr Rex Manson got his double Emerald Eighth!)

 Good Luck to both Bill Potter and Gene Wright who both need our best health wishes...

 CASA did well with your wine contributions for their Fundraiser once again. ($2200.00)

 Don't forget the District Assembly on the 17th or the second Harvest barrel wrap!

 Good luck  Playoff Oakland A's! Good luck to our 49ers!

Dr. Laural Jones, President SuperIntendent Rex Manson 2013-10-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Past President (Octogenarian) Keith M out did his Social Director position with a line dancing event in La Selva rated par excellence! Led by the Nigh family of professional hoofers the CAP Lined up , gimped and twerked to the rocking sounds of  Cyrus "Achy Breaky Heart" and the Slide.The event was well atttended, Keith made certain there was Food and liquid refreshment in abundance for everybody( barkeeper Dr. Dover) and a grand time was had by all until... the Chilly La Selva Fog rolled in. As it always does!

(additional photographs of the event on Facebook: " Rotary Club of Capitola Aptos") All Copies on CD can be obtained from Rex Manson,  Club Picture taker.... (g)

 Thanks Keith. On Behalf of all of us at CAP and our guests, you put on a great Gig. We salute You!

Fall Solstice at Keith's! Rex Manson 2013-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
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Today Ken filled in to bring us up to date on the world famous Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Since 1907 the Boardwalk has provided entertainment to millions with constantly changing arcades and rides that give it a proud heritage among the best in the World. Of particular interest is the Carousel with a ring.. very few exist. The changes in food are consumer driven and the management is always looking for new ideas, and new space for additional rides. Thanks Ken.... Also for your 30 years as a dedicated Rotarian.

  Dr. Art Dover will provide FLU shots here at Rotary next week when the new President of Cabrillo College will speak here. Not to be Missed. Al collected $1500 for the Red Cross for Colorado flood relief.

 Happy Birthday Michelle! Happy Birthday tomorrow Kendra! Art Dover made NO friends today fining many attendees for thier lack of smarts about the flu or the need for Vaccinations. Claire would have won the drawing had she bothered to make the meeting. Bummer. Go Niners and Congratulation on winning the America's Cup Team Oracle! See you in Spring training Giants! Go A's.

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Oct 3.. Michele Bassi, Oct 10 Sandra Wallace, Oct 17 Kate Sutherland,October 24 Taj Dafur, Oct 31, Rex Manson

Club Detectives for October! Rex Manson 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Today we got an update on the ESL efforts of the Literacy program at the SC volunteer center. They Currently have about 120 tutors trained to share ESL programs in Santa Clara County. They have a number of people on a waiting list, they need funding and have a success rate 20% over the state standards.They are also active in the local correctional facilities and sheriff's office. We have for many years contributed to the Literacy Program.

 Thanks for coming down and meeting with us today Genie.

 We heard that one of our Senior members Gene Wright is having health challenges that require his residence at Stanford Univ. Hospital. Good Luck from all of us at CAP Gene! Chuck gently suggested that his buddy Gene may not want to continue writing the Hub, our in Club newsletter,Which he has written so well for so long, so we are seeking qualified, experienced and cynical but always accurate volunteers to try to fill big shoes...

 Beer can Beach SOS Cleanup 9/21 8:55AM 2 HOURS supplies provided by team leader Richard Watson-Riley

 

 At the board meeting Tim Powell was nominated and elected to a 2 year Board term. It was decided to originate a Community project but the actual project was left at the discussion stage. The Treasurer, Rich Hamlin gave us an up to the minute air tight financial report so well presented we immediately nominated him(G) for District  5170 Treasurer of the Month. Past President  Rex Manson, lacking questionable pre frontal lobe cognition, proposed himself to serve as "RED BADGE Navigator", a term I suspect he made up ,( hey who wrote this anyway?) and was soon joined in this dubious optimistic project by additional volunteer ex club President, but always presentable Ms. Pam Goodman. These members will work with each new members to assist them in achieving Blue Badge status.  The process is designed to get the new member involved with the club, meet new Rotarians (in our club and others), and experience some of the many activities and events we sponsor.

 For the first time in Memory CAP Rotary achieved 100 participation in EREY. Congratulations Rotarians. Way to start the new year.

 It was discussed and passed that Rex Manson, Rachel Hill and John Fisher would update the CAP Bylaws. Over time... in other words as long as it takes to get it right corrected, voted on approved and printed. The prospect of initiating a Aptos oriented community project was discussed

  Al DeCamera announced a relief collection for the American Red Cross where he will match all funds donated by the Members to help the victims in Flooded Colorado. All contributions must be made before the END of next weeks meeting to the Red Cross.. Designate " Colorado". Thanks Al.

 Kelly Nesheim would have won the drawing had he been present. (Like he needs it) Didn't happen So it rolls over.

 Next week is going to be fun! Kris Reyes (and maybe Charles Canfield) will update the attendees on little known secrets of the Boardwalk.  If you have never been to one of our meetings please join us as our guest.  We'd enjoy meeting you.

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Today Mr Coonerty presented his ideas from his new Book " The Risk of the Naked Economy". It's a Brave new world Rotary, work as we knew it, with job security, Loyalty rewarded with retirement benefits, time and bonuses are not the way of the future. It is recommended that every college Graduate be cross educated in one to four applicable compensable knowledge bases so as not to be reliant on any one employers benefits. Present Graduate Education is NOT meeting the requirements of the new Employment age. Jobs may no longer be Terrestrial or linear, time and compensation can be measured in Microseconds and compensation discounted accordingly. It's 1984 utopian synergy all over again with Some Pigs being more equal than Others...They may be termed fractional workers, Specialists or generalists.... My final summary surmises the Specialists end up in the demographic economic 1  per cent..

 Thanks Ryan I am certain our Members are happy to be retired as retirement as we have known will disappear as will health and lifetime benefits, the Corner office and Full time employment going the way of the Tyrannosaurs.

Pam was the Detective the drawing was won by Scott. Too Bad he had already left.....Rollover. Special Thanks to Lynette Cleland for the PR article in the Aptos Times this week. Great start! More on the Coonerty Book soon.. I just downloaded it to my Kindle  for $12 and plan on reading it tonight..GL

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Great presentation from Phil Wowack the SC co Sheriff and several fellow Capitola officers. We got a presentation on the manpower budget issue, Jails and Law enforcement in SC co. Thanks Phil!

 I should recognize Keith M on PHF number 3  and Laura Grinder on PH Number 1! Also a reminder that NEXT WEEK is the last week to donate WINE for CASA so Bring a Bottle to help CASA Kids!!

 Doug announced that there will be a Board meeting on September 19 so mark your calender.

 Michele Bossi Gets the "you crack me up award" for telling us over lunch " My life has been very hectic with my kids going back to school. I have already been "Voluntold" that I am a Team Captain... Voluntold? Where is Websters when you need them?

 

 Congrats Jimmy on winning the Drawing!

 

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowack Rex Manson 2013-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
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Today we met for our annual luncheon hosting Dist. Governor Angie Hassler and her husband, btw himself a past Dist 5170 Gov. Hassler. They were accompanied by our Area Seven Asst Dist Governor Jon Winston and several visiting Rotarians from Santa Cruz, Sunrise and Scott's Valley. Before the meeting we held a comprehensive Board meeting with Reports given by all 2013 committee Chairs. Doug Presided.. Tim, Pam, Rachel and John Fisher spoke, Rich passed around a fully balanced budget... 2012-2013.. It was a very good year, we got to help a lot of needy good people, Our Job 1, including expanding Rotacare ( now 15!) and navigating carefully coming out of a very challenging 2012 $$$$ situation.

 There was a lengthy discussion of a project the members initiated ( Pam and Karen and Lori)  the non DDF St. Judes Project. It is amazing what a few members dedicated to a purpose can achieve by  themselves without asking for District support.. There will be a Guatemala DDF Project starting February 1 2014 and interested Rotarians are urged to sign on for a work project in Attilan, Guatemala.. also Laos.

34 Members received Double Sustainer recognition and Kelly Nesheim received his Fourth major donor Leaf. ImPast President Rex Manson was given his Seventh Paul Harris Fellowship Pin a double Ruby. All but two members contributed to the Clubs success with EREY. Congratulations CAP Rotary. We are off to new beginning!

 Job One is telling the Community what we do and why, how we do it.. This will be a Major objective for Doug's year 20113-2014. As always New Members with new ideas and spirit and ideas are Priority #1...Thanks Angie for coming all the way to the midlands of Santa Cruz Co to meet with us. The drawing winner, Gene Wright, was AWOL..Bummer... Great to meet you Angie.

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11:00 Board of Directors meeting. President's Report, Commitee Reports. State of the Club. New Business

 12:30-1:30 Regular Club meeting.

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"A transformational life experience. Thank you Rotary for a Life time opportunity to learn about Leadership and True Friendship"

Aptos InterActors back from Ryla! Rex Manson 2013-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
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" To become a Capable Competent Individual, learn from Capable Competent Individuals." Surfing Legend Frosty Hesson

Frosty Hesson " Making Maverick's" Rex Manson 2013-08-22 00:00:00Z 0
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 Today our Ex Presidents Andean Fife and Save Vermin  For Honey Boo Boo Marching Band gave a photographic and retrocolonial shamefaced narrated Photo tour of their trip from Lima to Cusco to Macho Pichu up to the  Floating Isles of Puno on Lake Titicacca, peered  south at 14,200 feet to the mystery of Treeless Puma Punko, in Bolivia and saw evidence of the original IncaNet. Then we flew north to Sexy Woman and into the depths of the  Equadorian cannibal infested head shrinking, disease ridden primordial Amazonian Volcanic Forest.. All during Lunch. No Inoculations even required!

 Only took my back a month to recover. Worst most awful, toughest, corrupt, most beautiful, ancient and Exotic country I have ever seen. Whenever you are offered Guinea Pig...Flee. Chew your hand instead.I have seen and climbed the Swiss Alps/ Italian Alps, Rockies and Sierra, South New Zealand mountains and ...The Andes take the cake.

 If it is a delicacy, I'm talking 4 star place to eat they might remove the Crunchy claws, eyeballs and tails..Not bad with the Peppers and onions..and beer. Altitude? Think the highest Mountain in Mainland America.. then go up. Another two miles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks to you all that "Dissolved" me from my Club Presidency Last Night. The music was Ingenious the awards magnanimous. Thanks again for the Great Year and all you do in Rotary.

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Early in a busy day our Heroes smile for the camera on July 4th 2013. It was Quiet then it got VERY busy, warm and a little strange. (Note to self... careful of what Aptos women will offer to trade for 2$ tickets for beer.) Thanks all volunteers.

 (G) Special Thanks to Tim Powell for outstanding work to make the 4th of July  Day in the Park work. Great Job Tim!

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Have a Happy restful 4th  and Good Luck to the New  CAP Officers, new members and Board Members.

Happy 4th of July! Rex Manson 2013-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
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I want to thank the members of the Capitola Aptos Rotary for allowing me to Serve this Rotary club as your President. Today was my last formal meeting as President and after the Board meeting today  and upon his return from the RI Lisbon Convention I turn the gavel over to Doug Deavers. Good Luck to Doug, His chosen volunteer Board and the always generous CAP Rotary.  It has been an honor to be of Service to You members, to Rotary and the Capitola Aptos Community.

 I wish you all the Best and look forward to working within the Club in whatever capacity  I  can be found helpful.

 Better Living through Rotary..

 Dr. Rex H. Manson, President

 Capitola Aptos Rotary

Last Meeting as President. Rex Manson 2013-06-27 00:00:00Z 0
Sandy Lydon Receives his Paul Harris recognition. Rex Manson 2013-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
RI CAP Peace Award 2013- Susan Valenta Rex Manson 2013-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
CAP Community Service Award- Rosemary Chalmers Rex Manson 2013-06-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Dave the photographer says this picture will be better...anybody that get s all the names and organizations right to left, in order, and how much they got gets a free drink at Keiths house at the next Social...( in September!)

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18 recipients of CAP Rotary Grants! Photography thanks to Dave Andrews. Who BTW Won the DRAWING!

Community Grants! Rex Manson 2013-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
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We will distribute our CAP Community Grants at our regular lunch on Thursday. Your attendance and that of your invited guests are greatly recommended. Lets make it a great presentation.

6/13/2013 CAP Community Grants! Rex Manson 2013-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
The Tanzania Project.. St. Judes Africa Corp. Rex Manson 2013-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
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So  our star Past President, Past District Governor John Fisher Rotarian can Win!

Why do we have Wine Drawings? Rex Manson 2013-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
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Thank You ALL Volunteers! Special thanks to the Project leaders: Doug Deavers and Sandra Wallace and the Double day Crew of Laura Grinder.

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Who did all the set up work? Sandra, Doug, Taj, Richard..( What's wrong in this picture? See it? Shhhhh!)

Aptos Blue's Festival 5/24 Rex Manson 2013-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary International Convention 2012-13 Rex Manson 2013-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Congratulations to CAP Rotary for a sucessful Sandy Lydon Roast and Toast. Special Thanks and recognition to Pam, Al, Rachel, Gene, The Evans, Maggie Driscoll, everybody who helped make it work, including the Interact and most of all to Sandy Lydon himself, for honoring Rotary and Volunteering to let us have some fun at his expense.

Sandy Lydon Annual Fund raiser, CAP Rotary Rex Manson 2013-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
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We will have a full board meeting at 1:30, May 9. We need a Treasurers report, minutes, Forward Review of the Sandy Lydon event, Blues festival, Community Grants, DDF and Fourth of July participation, Africa Project and Presidential Debunking along with the District Conference. See You There.

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Here the two of them celebrate their private moment of Rotary International recognition and Special awards with Us (and their seven Billion New Internet BFF'S!)

Past President Kelly and His Wife Marie Rex Manson 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Presented by Past Dist Governor John Fisher and Acting Asst Area Seven District Governor Jon Winston, Kelly and Marie were awarded recognition for an enormous contribution to RI and then received Benefactor lifetime recognition as well. Thanks Past Pres. Kelly! Well Done!

Kelly and Marie get Rotary's Highest Award Recognition. Rex Manson 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Dark matter, dark Energy, Fuzzy Spots, Entropy and The Big Bang, multi dimensional string Theory and Hubbles focus on a grain of sand equal to 1 BILLION universes? .. Just another George Noory day at Rotary! Thanks Doc.. GL at UCSC. Glad your friends, the Hajduks brought you to speak to us ...Thanks and come back soon.!

Dr. Jean Brodie PhD. UCO/ LICK Rex Manson 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Looks like some body broke into the Fund Raiser Wine a little early...( g) Congrats to John on Winning the Drawing! What's it been only about 35 years? Next week be there at the meeting and some thing special is sure to happen.

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" Dependency Court"   Volunteers, Mentors and CASA.

Honorable Denine Guy, Rex Manson 2013-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
May 2, 2013 CAP Board Meeting Rex Manson 2013-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Dist. 5170 Area Seven Membership Rex Manson 2013-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Community Grants meeting. Rex Manson 2013-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Sandy Lydon Roast and Toast May 10 Rex Manson 2013-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Welcome New CAP Rotarian Member! Rex Manson 2013-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
2nd Harvest Food drive 3/23 Rex Manson 2013-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Interact 2nd Harvest Food Collection 3/23 Rex Manson 2013-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
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For those computer literate that may want air and travel miles for your credit card buying ..er.. Tax "contribution" to the non profit tax deductable 501.c3  Capitola Aptos Rotary Foundation Sandy Lydon Roast and Toast ...Google:

  "Eventbrite",  then watch the calendar roll down to  Capitola / Aptos Rotary, the Roasting of Sandy ( the History Dude) Lydon, May 10, to buy your tickets to attend.  Expect about 1% fee.

 And No you get No Foundation credit to a PHF for attending. Sorry.

 We are going to need every able body CAP Rotarian, and everybody they can contribute  to step up, volunteer in whatever way they can, and offer the fund committee members help wherever they can( Pam, Al, Rachel)  and as never before to make this huge Event work. This is going to be a very big, very fun, not to be missed  in this  once in a lifetime event!

 Thanks, Rotarians, in Advance ( TIA) This is a Big challenge.. we will all step up and make it work!


 Rex Manson- Proud to be President. Cap Rotary.

BTW- Sandy Lydon Roast and Toast? Rex Manson 2013-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Mar 13, 2013

This is shaping up to be a Historic, Funny and Sold Out event! The plans have worked out faster and better than anybody anticipated. Tickets  are on sale NOW... The auction items are pouring in... This will be  a night for all of Santa Cruz to remember!

 All proceeds will go to LOCAL non profits, Local education and LOCAL charities. Reserve your seats today either on line by credit card or call Gene Wright 454-0813

The Sandy Lydon Toast and Roast! May 10th. Rex Manson 2013-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Board Meeting.-----Date change!! Rex Manson 2013-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Hello .. Last year I swore I would never play the drawing again. Rex Manson 2013-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Feb 27, 2013
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I am a Past President Of the Capitola Aptos Rotary Club. Today I received my Paul Harris Society certificate Recognition..

Hi. I am Karen. Rex Manson 2013-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Who Won the $150.00 Drawing? Rex Manson 2013-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Hello. I am a new Member.My Name is Taj. Rex Manson 2013-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
Do You know me? YET? My Rotarian Name is Kate. Rex Manson 2013-02-28 00:00:00Z 0
The Roasting of Sandy " the History Dude" Lydon. Gene Wright 2013-02-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Feb 13, 2013

Dr. Art Dover, the Aptos Travel Doctor, and Mr. Taj Dafour , Mgr Soquel Water were voted into CAP Rotary today. The 2012-13 Budget was passed and the Sandy Lydon Event Roast was announced, reviewed and approved for MAY 10, 2013, Coconut Grove, Santa Cruz. Details will follow in the new and revised HUB! Cost $125.00 or two for $200.

 Bummer Doc. You shoulda bought a ticket.. but whats $100.00?

Welcome New Members! Rex Manson 2013-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Feb 11, 2013

The CAP Board of Directors including Officers and all Committee Chairs are strongly encouraged to attend. The TWO MAJOR agenda Items will be 1, 2012-2013 CAP Budget as proposed by Treasurer, and 2. Capitola Aptos Rotary Fund raising event update.

 This meeting is OPEN to all CAP Rotarians to attend.

Board Meeting!!! Important!!! Feb. 14, 1:30PM Rex Manson 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Chilly in Aptos Rex Manson 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Solo Flight around the World! Rex Manson 2013-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Member Interviews! Rex Manson 2013-01-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Dec 26, 2012
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Well folks your water rates are going up again. Today Ron the Conservation field manager from Soquel Water brought his lovely Wife and Boss, Taj Dufour to share lunch with us today. After announcements of Monmouth Thanking US for our contributions back in Novermber and Maggie Driscol getting front page coverage for her new Business in Watsonville, we rocked out the welcome song, Karen fined everybody for good news stories of 2012,( Keith rode an elephant!)we listened intently as to why our water rates must be raised again. As politely as possible we accepted the tokens thrown before us and accepted the inevitable about the water tables dropping, seawater infringing and Desalination necessary for the survival of the strawberry farmers in Watsonville.( Ok part of that was made up) Any Way Happy Anniversary to the Duncans, nice folks.

 Happy New Year 2013 everybody!!!!!

 Rich Hamlin won the drawing for i think $100.00!

Ron Duncan, Soquel Water Rex Manson 2012-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. All the Best to You and Yours! Rex Manson 2012-12-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Dec 19, 2012
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Today of Days.. Today we granted two distributions to our Community Service Groups at Dominican Hospital Foundation and our Own Rotocare.Sam Nigh also received his FIFTH Paul Harris, Al DeCamera got Rotarian of the Month, Pam announced a Warriors fundraiser for Tanzania, And our speaker, Dr "Nan" stole the Presidents Singing SANTA HAT!  We also heard that Dominican has the highest paid Nurses in The COUNTRY, The Doctors have the worst reimbursement and Kaiser may be planning a move here with the Warriors. We also held a kinda" End of Days" board meeting planning Next years Fundraiser, a Secret Santa Trip was discussed, and our Budget is Fine. So besides the End of the World being predicted for the past 52 centuries by the Mayans for tonight we wish you all a Merry Christmas, Mithras or Saturnalia, Whatever and We will ( probably) see you next year! To begin the 14th Bahktun...

 (Nice work Norm on holding the Rotocare Certificate where we can read it)!!

 Craig Bagley won the $75.00 Drawing! Congrats!

Dr. "Nanette Mickiewicz, MD, CEO, Dominican Hospital Rex Manson 2012-12-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Sam Nigh brought the splendiferous Dew Wops to sing and carol holidaze songs today. Adorned in Santa Caps and surrounded by Christmas holiday lighting the twelve days of Christmas got a new rendition rated  PG13, The President read the Politically correct quandry of Santa and the ecological Libertine Elves Unions, and Sue was seen bearing her new titanium hip and a solid singing voice! Happy Holidays All. Good to See Raisa today, The club is healthy and next week will be fun. Jim and Rex are flumaxxed once again trying to figure out the odds on the same member winning the drawing six times in four months!s! We even checked the bag for sandbagging duplicates...NADA!  Be safe Rotarians and all the Best to you and yours.

 Jim won the drawing.. for the sixth time.. haha he wasn't there to collect!

Fantastic Dew Wops! Rex Manson 2012-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
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Thanks to all who attended the Party, posted on Facebook, sent cards or simply called to wish me a Happy Birthday. You are all the Best! Happy Holidays!

President's Birthday Party! Rex Manson 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Dec 05, 2012
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So our neighborhood Big Bang Astrophysicist spoke today from UCSC ( best program on this Planet)..Mark Mozena PhD. We found out in about 4 billion years, give or take, our local Sun will go supernova and we will have a  very bad Day when the planet Earth burns up in a radioactive Firestorm.. Other than that the End of The World, due to the end cycle of The Mayan 13th Baktun, will not result in a reversal of the earths Polarity, We will not be struck by an Invisable marauding planet, The earth's crust will not Liquify and the StarGate Wormhole to the center of the Universe( cool as it sounds) does not Exist. He assured us it would be wise to continue buying Christmas Presents for that  other Event on  the 25th and If the world does surprise us by going Doomsday Solstice on the 21st to call him and he will file a complaint.

 Dr. Mozena gave us a Humorous, well animated and Very thoughtful presentation on whats happening with the Higgs Boson, dark Energy, 11 dimensional String Theory and the Cern nuclear Accelerator all in a twenty minute summation.( Yeah right) Thanks Dr. Mozena... Really one of the Best speakers we have ever had. Thanks and we HOPE to see you again next year... (Gulp!)

 (Jim won the drawing.. which he can collect when his leg heals up!)

The Sun, Moon and Stars and the End of the 13th Baktun... Rex Manson 2012-12-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Nov 28, 2012
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Second Harvest Food Bank.. Collections at the Club social at Keith Medeiros Sunday, 4PM.
Lets feed Kate! Rex Manson 2012-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Nov 28, 2012

Mr Kunst has published books and CDs on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Antecdotal and insightful Mr. Kunst presentation illustrated the compelling and evocative political and influential nature of President Abraham Lincohn. A well prepared and rehersed presentation by a scholar and Educated Lecturer. One of our Best Thanks Mr. Kunst!

(Al Decamera Won the drawing!)

Arnold Kunst Rex Manson 2012-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
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UCSC today presented it's theater arts Department thru the speaking soliloquy of it's number one Thespian and his winsome lithesome wench from Sunrise Rotary, his Development director Ms Ann Gibb.. After sitting thru 30 minutes of Rotary's  raunchy falstaffian "hilarity", hearing how and  what we try to get done  and speaking in honor of our contributions to Sandy, Marco Barricelli summarized the Rotary as incorporating all the best of Shakespearean iconic works,  Grand emotions and human failures and foibles. He was very Impressed with the Collection of over $3700 from Cap to send to Monmouth Food shelter for Sandy Disaster relief while waxing historical and poetic about his being raised in Southern California theater before attending Juliard and spending the last Eight years at Shakespeare Santa Cruz. The  Arts program he manages now is very successful and nationally recognized..participation by Actors on the Santa Cruz stage has reached worldwide acclaim.. Well presented Marco come back for an Encore next year!  Huzzahs!

Btw one of our illustrious members was so moved to evocation by the ionic loquacious eloquence of Sire Marco she may have swooned and wrote Sandy an additional $500 check to help those freezing starving suffering right disaster coast victims. What a noble and worthy gesture for Humanity, Mickey Evans, Bravo! I will post the totals collected and sent as soon as they are reported to me By the Club Treasurer..

 Rich Hamlin won the the drawing so I hope He confirms by calling Jim or me to say he read this!

Dr. Stan deserves high praise for his award of a second Paul Harris Fellow.. Laura Grinder is Rotarian of the month!

 Happy Thanksgiving Rotary!!!************Be Safe and enjoy this Wonderful DAY of Celebration!***********

Marco Barricelli, Artistic Director UCSC Shakespeare Rex Manson 2012-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Nov 09, 2012
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The Season of Sharing is Officially OPEN for CAP Rotary! Second Harvest Foodbank.

Let's Feed Kate! Rex Manson 2012-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Nov 08, 2012
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Today a great presentation from the local Second Harvest Food bank. 1$ can feed 1 meal to four people. 2nd harvest is supporting 128 food programs locally, including NP's and educational food sources. They are trying to educate students on healthy  eating and to avoid cheap empty fatty carbs.. and this approach is responsible for healthier more attentive and successful students. They are also advocating nutritional training for new residents whose nutritional heritage may include many cheap but nutritionally empty carbohydrates from corn syrups, GMO's and Soy sources faking as necessary nutrition. Great work Willy. We at CAP support Your local years of worthy public service and are proud to have recently conducted an emergency collection and donation to the victims of Sandy in New Jersey, at the Monmouth and Ocean foodbank, your sister foodbank, that reports having served 3300 hot meals to the disaster survivors with our rotary Contributions. Thanks Willy and We WILL Collect here locally also for KATE!

 Nobody Present won the Drawing so it rolls over..

Willy Elliot- McCrea CEO Second Harvest Foodbank Rex Manson 2012-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Trestles Beach  CAP Rotary Cleanup crew Nov 3 2012. Pickers and Tallymen.

Day at the Beach (cleanup) Rex Manson 2012-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
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Today Mr Milward from Hospice gave us an insightful and informed overview of the Committment of our local Santa Cruz county volunteers at Hospice. Both an Attorney and pastor Mr Milward presented us the history of Hospice, the facts of Hospice but most importantly the insight into the end of Life dignity that Hospice strives to provide. I want to thank Mr. Milward for the the work he has dedicated himself to and to Hospice for the difficult and challenging work they have done that affects all of us in one avenue or another.

( Graham Stokes Won the Drawing!)

Michael Milward, Ceo SC HOSPICE Rex Manson 2012-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Chamber of Commerce Ball Rex Manson 2012-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker today serves as the director of development for Childrens Court Advocates AKA ' CASA". We learned that there are over 600 Foster children a year in Santa Cruz County and CASA has about 250 extensively trained Advocates to care for them. These Children have been taken away from irresponsible or negligent parents and placed in Foster homes. The advocates help the children transition by being an advocate not for the Courts or Childrens services but the Child. 70% of the Funding is Donated, CASA has a new Headquarters in Watsonville. Several of our members including Karen Semingson, Clair McAdams and Diane Deavers are volunteers. Thanks Linda for explaining this critical and valuable resource for the lost and often forgotten Children of Santa Cruz County.

Congratulations to Bill Weston on the presentation of his Double Emerald (x7) Paul Harris Award

Special Kudoos to our newly inducted Red Badge, Mr. Jim Klein, Financial Advisor Sevices.

 I'm starting to suspect the Fix is in! Richard Watson Riley WINS the drawing AGAIN!!!

CASA- Linda Bixby- Development Director, CASA Rex Manson 2012-10-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Gov. Joe and his lovely wife Kathy came to hear about CAP Rotary today. Eleven Intrepid Members each explained their assigned Goals and committee ambitions. From Finance to RYLA, InterACt to Second Harvest, Jabob's Heart and Beach cleanups, the 4th to the Blues Festival to The Grants Programs. You CAP Rotarians brought it today and Joe was impressed. Although we may be a small club we are fierce!  Kathy was given receiving Blankets as she requested, 19 members got Double Sustainer recognition with three more getting Super Sustainer Pins! Kelly Neshheim qualified for a Paul Harris Society Award! The Big hits went to Al DeCamera's two son's who each were presented their Second level Paul Harris Pins while Daddy took home the Grand Prize.. The First Double Emerald Seven time Paul Harris Pin this club has ever presented. Great work everybody.
***********************(Richard Watson-Riley Won the drawing! Call Jimmy.)**************************
Governor Joe Hamilton District Gov Rotary Area 5170 Rex Manson 2012-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Today we accepted a new Member to CAP Rotary. Moving here from Sacramento after serving some 15 years as a Rotarian Dr. Russel will take the Job Description of Chiropractor. Good Luck and welcome to CAP Rotary Dr. Russel!
New Member Charles Russel DC. Rex Manson 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Lori dropped by today to explain how she founded Jacob's Heart and the Hospice Childrens Cancer services fifteen years ago. Educated in Linguistics and Spanish at UCLA Lori taught for several years in Local schools before dedicating herself entirely to non Profits. She currently is working in the Develpoment of CIEBA School a charter school in Watsonville. Thanks for all the Great work Lori!
 Jim wins the TRIPLE CROWN! THIRD TIME
Mrs. Lori Butterworth Rex Manson 2012-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Sep 29, 2012
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On the only HOT Sunny windless Day ever experienced by cogent locals in La Selva Beach, Keith Spoke to his "Buddy in the Sky" and voila'... Sunny and hot and a great turnout for games, Hot dogs and Burgers, garden Tours and Balloon animals. The Great time was shared in fellowship and laughter and we welcome Mylene and her three lovely daughters and Dr Russel to our happy Band of Brothers and Sisters in Rotary!
Keith's Olympics! 9/30/2012 Rex Manson 2012-09-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Sep 27, 2012
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A local product and lifetime resident Chief Escalante made a presentation today concerning his jurisidiction. One point he emphasized was the importance of inter agency cooperation in santa cruz county... sworn in on April 1 of this year the Chief has 24 Officers and a multitude of volunteers that he appreciates in Capitola. He spoke about how important the public perception of his department is as helpful and non confrontational and how his Priority is Good public relations.Thanks Chief Come back for an Update!
Stan Hujduk WOULD have won the drawing. ( Oh the irony!)
Chief Escalante, Capitola PD. Rex Manson 2012-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
CAP InterActers Second Harvest 9/22 Rex Manson 2012-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Sep 21, 2012
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The Presidents of Area Seven District 5170 Rotary International Wrapping barrels for Second Harvest Holiday Food collection 9/22/2012.
Second Harvest Food Bank! Rex Manson 2012-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Typical Day at the Beach 09/21/2012 11:15AM Rex Manson 2012-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Sep 19, 2012
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What's the newest thing to hit Santa Cruz? The D league Basketball Warriors! With city approval and ground already broken to begin the construction the Warriors are coming to Santa Cruz and bringing with them entertainment, employment, construction jobs, tax revenue and excitement. Built on a lost dangerous corner of Santa Cruz where over 300 drug arrests are made yearly next to the San Lorenzo River a new multi use facility is under already under construction. During Basketball season it will hold over 7500 fans, in the off season the Facility will bring Santa Cruz revenue as a multi use facility bigger than any square footage between Half Moon Bay and Monterey. As a year round facility many sporting events and Business conventions can be held there along with Cultural and music Venues. Great presentation and well received Jim. Looking forward to seeing the new Warriors facilities become a symbol of success for Santa Cruz!
(Sue Lawson Won the Drawing!)
Jim Weyermann, Santa Cruz Warriors Rex Manson 2012-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Sep 12, 2012
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Mr. Minaldi is a teacher of Physics at Aptos High School. He has organized students over the past three years to participate Internationally in a Competition for Underwater Robotics. His Team won First place in the WORLD in 2011. For Bringing outstanding recognition to the Aptos Community he was Honored today with a Paul Harris Fellowship. He wife Christina was present for the recognition. Thank you Joseph and congratulations in receiving, and deserving, our highest award!
Joe Minaldi, Aptos High school gets Recognition from CAP Rotary Rex Manson 2012-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Sep 12, 2012
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Adam spoke today about the legislative haggling occurring daily in Sacramento. He spoke about the impact of affordable health care, Medicare, District realignments and the budget considerations for his Boss, Assemblyman Bill Monning, 27th District.  Before the Meeting Adam Presented Tiffany Lofton of Jacob's Heart two Assembly recognition Awards for their work with Children's Cancer Services. Thanks Adam.
(Richard Watson- Riley won the Drawing!)
Adam Spickler, Sr.Field Rep, Assemblyman Bill Monning Rex Manson 2012-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Sep 08, 2012
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On behalf of ALL CAP Rotarians we were honored by CASA at their annual Dinner for our years of Sponsorship and Support. Thank you Karen and Claire for recognizing the generous members of CAP Rotary for their continued support. What a Great and Beneficial Institution for Foster children CASA is! Great People Wonderful Hearts. The picture ran continuously for the several hundred people that were in attendance at Chaminade Sunday Night.
Thank You CASA! Rex Manson 2012-09-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Sep 05, 2012
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PDG Jim Mealy drove down from Los Gatos Sunrise today to pull our attention back onto the purpose of Rotary. The Purpose of Rotary is "Service Above Self". A committment to help those we can to Improve Literacy, Develop Sanitary water and Food sources to Heal the Planet and Achieve Peace through Service. To those given Much, much is Expected and that is exactly where the Foundation, The Polio Project the Paul Harris Fellowships and GSE's provide leadership in the how, why and where we can add our contributions to help. We saw how RYLA was  a life changing event for each and every one of our RYLA Students..How did we do it? By our Gifts we can keep on giving exponentially: the Needs of the many outweigh the needs of the Few. Jim as a 30 year Rotarian, Multiple Paul Harris came to refocus our attention today, to recommit us in our Purpose in Rotary. Thanks Jim we needed the focus to get back on track for EREY success and the  Worldwide DDF/ Vision projects .
(Greg Evans would have won the drawing!)
Foundation Chair 5170 Jim Mealy Rex Manson 2012-09-06 00:00:00Z 0
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Past President of CAP Rotary traveled from his home in Cormandel New Zealand today to make his presentation about St. Jude's School in Tanzania, Africa. Founded approx. 6 years ago the school has grown from inception to 300 then 1000 now TWO Thousand students.. Only the brightest of the applicants are accepted. The school performs with the Best in the country on academic Criteria and continues to progress. The school is oriented to students willing to perform and commit to stay in the country of Tanzania. Dave explained many Rotary Clubs contribute to St. Judes which is non secular and non partisan. Our club has generated a contingent of members who intend to travel to Africa next year to participate in the St. Jude Project. Thanks Dave first rate presentation!
 " Keith Medeiros won the Drawing"
Past President Dave Campbell Rex Manson 2012-08-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Aug 22, 2012
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Henry Castaniada spoke today about the educational achievement challenges in the Soquel School district. Henry told us there is a vast discrepancy between class room curricula which results in the preponderant failure to prepare students for College. According to statistics  over half the students at Cabrillo are unprepared to complete basic college work due to literary deficiencies. They cannot cogently write or even understand the intrinsic challenges of modern college work and only 20% will attain even an AA degree, even after six years.. The AG program (which I understood as Advanced placement) classes are unavailable to the majority of Soquel Students attributable directly to a lack of funding. The Failure rate to produce college graduates is astounding( approx. 80%) and Henry reports many more resources will be required to bring the programs up to par.  He say's what is required is a public dedicated to the value of and recognizes the future importance of Education.
 Jim Klein won the drawing and was so thrilled he filed an application to Join CAP Rotary!
Henry Castaniada, Superintendent Soquel School Dist. Rex Manson 2012-08-23 00:00:00Z 0
Some body want to explain this?? Rex Manson 2012-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Congressman Farr is a great Guy.. But Maggie Earned it. PHF. Rex Manson 2012-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Aug 15, 2012
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Today we had some fun with our visiting US Congressman Sam Farr. A long time friend to our Club Sam agreed to present a Paul Harris Award to Maggie Driscoll for her many contributions to not only Rotary but the NP community represented by our Members. Sam also made himself available for a Comerica check presentation to Jacobs Heart and finally spoke seriously to our club about the unmitigated strife in Washington. Sam voiced his disappointment with the divided non compromising and embittered partisan National politics and outlined Six MAJOR votes confronting the Congress this Fall alone. He went on to express his hope for the Pinnacles to be named a National Park, for Fort Ord to be made a California US Military Cemetary, for cooperative research on the Marine Sanctuary and a more unified cooperation between all the Advanced Educational institutions that literally ring the Monterey Bay. Thanks Sam. You are Always welcome to speak here.
 (Sam Nigh won the Drawing!)
Sam Farr, US Congressman 17th Dist Rex Manson 2012-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Aug 11, 2012
Capitola Aptos President Dr. Rex Manson, CAP Membership Chair Rachel Hill, Asst Dist Governor Area 7, Jon Winston, attended "The GALA Sunrise Fund Raiser" for the New Santa Cruz Monterey/ NOAA Sanctuary , August 11,2012. Also attending Rotary 5170 Dist Gov Joe Hamilton, PDG Ron Sekkel, SC President Janet Krassow, Sunrise Pres and Host Rod Caborn, Watsonville Pres. David Hemrick, Intl. Service Chair Georganna Hildebrand, Past  CalState Senator Bruce McPherson, plus, Plus.. It was fun. Rotary is Funding an educational Classroom to educate children about the Mission and goals of the Monterey Marine Sanctuary.
 
Rotary at Work! Doing Good Work for Santa Cruz. Rex Manson 2012-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
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EAC a 503c1 NP that makes a positive difference in the lives of Insulin Dependent diabetics by providing them trained medical alert service dogs free of charge. Based in Concord California The dog's are a Diabetics best friend, life saver and life changer.. A alert dog is intensely trained to smell changes in blood sugar levels high or low from children under 12 to the elderly. These dogs also make great companion dogs besides for the diabetic sniffing capabilities. Thanks for coming all the way from Concord and Good luck for a service well performed above the pale.
 Thanks Micky and Greg Evans for your generous donations of over ten Bottles of Wine  on top of the other 18 donated by members of the CAP RotaryFor CASA!
 George won the Drawing!
Early Alert Canines Rex Manson 2012-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
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Today we heard the first political local commentary from our elected (but takes office in January 2nd District) Supervisor. Zach will have little to say for the time being out of respect for our sitting Supervisor Ellen Pirie... Zach noted that his election brings many  inquiries concerning roads, maintenence and ditches. He has suddenly, after winning his election  discovered a multitude of new friends and everybody whether in the district or not seems to have voted for Him. Most Importantly (although nothing is official until it's official) in January he will be our new Honorary Member of the Capitola Aptos Rotary.
 Tim Powell was awarded Rotarian of the Month for his outstanding work on the Fourth of July B-BQue.  13 bottles of Wine have been donated for CASA!
(John Fisher won the Drawing!)
Mr Zach Friend, Second District Supervisor Rex Manson 2012-08-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jul 26, 2012
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" Good Captains are not made by sailing Calm Waters" was the theme of todays Meeting. Mr. Eady has been a Santa Cruz City Planner since his graduation from UCSC in the 70's. He worked through the reconstruction of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the devastation that resulted to old downtown Santa Cruz. So trying to tell the truth about and change a few minds about the advantages of a modern reconstruction of a 40 year old Safeway eyesore should be easy right? Mr. Eady has been attacked, accused of being a tool of a corporate Safeway evil mega corporation and the Destructor of the idylic Aptosian peace and freedom view of life. During his 1/2 hour presentation he calmly pointed out the myriad of improvements available both ecologically, economically and by improved ADA accesssability that the new shopping Centre will bring without necessarily devastating the "Aptos of Olde" or views of the Ocean. Thanks Charley for a first rate professional discussion on a badly overdue capital improvement. I hope to hear you speak to us again as progress and further developments surface we local Rotarians need to know.
( Dave Andrews won the drawing, was NOT present. Lotto rolls over!)
Charles Eady. Hamilton Swift Safeway Redevelopment Rex Manson 2012-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jul 22, 2012
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We are collecting to donate bottles of Wine ( a Wheel barrel of Fun) for CASA's annual Auction in AUGUST.. Not much time left and the CAPITOLA APTOS ROTARY CLUB will get printed recognition at the event for our contribution to the CASA Event. Rex Manson will collect contributions on behalf of Claire Adams, Chair of Friends of CASA. Claire will not not be available because our club friend Rich McAdams is having Back Surgery and our healing best thoughts will be with both of them.
A Reminder about CASA! We can Help.. Rex Manson 2012-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jul 18, 2012
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We got thrown under the Bus (again!) No speaker showed up (AHS Robotics) so we held an informal Club Assembly, there will be three more this year. There will be an African Tanzania Fundraiser singing Karoake $$$$$$ at Brittania Arms (Thanks Pam!) There is a huge Area Seven Black Tie event to open the Marine Sanctuary on August 11. Congressman Sam Farr will be here August 16th. Kiwi Dave Campbell will be the speaker on August 31 addressing the St. Jude Project in Tanzania: He will have a slideshow..Nanette Mickowicz, President of Dominican Hospital will speak here Sept 11. Chief Escalante, Capitola PD will speak here September 27. The CAP Rotary Website and Facebook is Under new Mgmt and construction thru August.Constructive suggestions are appreciated please address to Pres. Rex.. A new Club Directory with Photos will be made available in September. There is no HUB so ideas about a informational e-mail Blast were discussed.
 All of our Collective Positive thoughts are in Support of Laura Grinder.. Godspeed.... Graham won the Lottery:$25
July 19,2012 Rex Manson 2012-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Today was Physics day at CAP. After the New President stumbled thru his garbled agenda the meeting finally turned over for cogent learning about Roberts Book " Einstein and The Universe". We heard about the many failures of Einsteins mediocre early life until he published the quintessential E=mc2 theory in 1905. It took 16 years for him to be nominated for his Nobel Prize which resulted in the development of Nuclear energy and weapons, GPS, Microwave technology and perhaps a science breakthru bigger in power production potential than the Higgs Boson within Five years.(tease)  He has been called the most Important person of the Twentieth century. We could have listened to this Brilliant Physicist for many hours but got instead a remarkable 30 minutes on a subject matter higher in complexity than our Paygrades.  This Guy was BRIGHT!
BTW Check these stories EVERY WEEK to find the WINNER of the Club Drawing. They will be posted here by Members NAME. Today  a visitor won $50 for just showing up! Next week might be you!
Dr. Robert Piccion PhDx3 Rex Manson 2012-07-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jul 03, 2012
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Our intrepid members doing what they do best to celebrate the nation'a Independence!
Happy 4th of July!! Rex Manson 2012-07-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jun 29, 2012
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I am very honored to be elected President of the Capitola Aptos Rotary Club. I sincerely Thank you all.
I first joined Rotary in 1980, as a new Doctor and have since been a Member of seven different Rotary Clubs  around central Northern California.
 My Father in Law, Richard originally brought me into the Rotary Family and taught me the basics, essentials and commitments of being a "Real" Rotarian. He had 47 years of perfect attendance in an impossible professional travel schedule around the world and had served as President of the Beverly Hills, Ca. Rotary.
He was a man, an executive that received many high Professional National Honors, a CPA, A UCLA Summa Cum Laude, President of the National Board of Accountancy, but as he told me, his proudest plaque on his distinguished and extensive wall of recognized service and merit, was his Rotary Presidency.
 I concur. I know some things about many of you, I do not know as much as I want to know about any of You. I am here to serve  the Capitola Aptos Rotary. Everything I do as your President will be targeted at " What is best for the Capitola Aptos Club? " I will not always be " right" in every members opinions! Lets talk it out and work together to improve the CLUB. I need your help. I need every Rotarian to help me every day. I will make mistakes and I trust you can advise me  constructively to make me a better President and ours a better Club.
 Always Job ONE is: New Members! How can I Help you Bring a New Member to Rotary?
 If you feel I could improve or even be more successful Please: tell me. If you have thoughts/ suggestions about the projects, new ideas, and directions of the club E-mail me. Lets Improve.."I can.. We WILL!"
Thanks for reading this far and Thanks for your  confidence!
 MY home Phone number is 831.662.3113,  My e-mail is " Diskdoc08@Yahoo.com"
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Posted by Rex Manson on Jun 27, 2012
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No Speaker showed up on Thursday. No call, no e-mail no nothing... So Keith jumped in with an interview with our esteemed 30 year Rotary member Doug Nakashima. Doug told the story as a POW Japanese American child he was interned during WW2 in Colorado, came home, after losing everything his family owned in the east bay, and went to Berkley during the Early sixties, worked with his father to sustain a very sucessful family cut flower business in Watsonville, underwent a personnal tragedy equal to the greatest Greek play and became increasingly involved with the Budhest Church. Now retired he provided mental counseling services for the prisoners in State prison. Now remarried he is seeking solstice through writing and meditation, public service with Rotary and CASA and continued explorations of world sites with his beautiful wife of ten years Sharon. Good luck Doug. Glad to have you with us.
We got thrown under the Bus! Rex Manson 2012-06-28 00:00:00Z 0
RYLA students off to camp! Sandra Wallace 2012-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jun 15, 2012
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 These dates are muy importante! President Keith's Debunking is June 26TH( finally) and APTOS " World's Shortest Parade" is followed by CAP Rotary serving "LAUGHTER,FELLOWSHIP BEER AND BRATS" in the  HISTORIC Nissene Marks Aptos park 11 TO 5. Come One Bring ALL to serve, dance and celebrate life in the Aptos...( where two rivers meet!)
JUNE 26, JULY 4th! MARK YOUR CALENDARS! CLEAR THE DECKS! Rex Manson 2012-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jun 13, 2012
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Sean Founded the PSF in 1990 while working as a commercial fisherman. At that time the Shark was an abhorrent monster of the deep praying on Bodysurfers and terrorizing small New England Resort islands. As a result of working with NOAA, The discovery Channel and National Geographic Sean has become an advocate for sharks promoting their preservation through education and an awareness program to eliminate the need less slaughter of hundreds of millions of these ancient sea denizens annually. Thru his work and presentations like today Sean wants to expand the Public conscience and awareness of the close ecologic respect we all must have with all living creatures to survive on our small blue planet.
Sean Sommeran, Pelagic Shark Foundation Rex Manson 2012-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jun 06, 2012
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As is our CAP Tradition today we distributed awards to over 22 people and organizations found worthy and consistant with the Community Service goals of the Capitola Aptos Rotary. Along with Merit Certificate we also passed out checks to each recipient. It was a grand event and a Great Success. We look forward to doing it all again next year!
2012 CAP Rotary Community Grants awards Luncheon! Rex Manson 2012-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jun 06, 2012
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This week we get to do what we do best: Honor and support deserving non profits of Santa Cruz county! 21 visitors will join us for lunch and the presentation of CAP Rotary Awards. This is the day to put our best( Club) foot forward so dress up and Bring a Friend or future Rotarian!
2012 Capitola Aptos Rotary Community Grants Lunch! Rex Manson 2012-06-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on May 30, 2012
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Today a Monterey docent shared his private obsession with Favio the wily Sea Otter. Bob has tracked Otters in Stillwater cove for many years and found himself drawn to one particular Otter whom he named " Favio". Bob tracked and recorded the annual territorial trials and travails of Favio and took hundreds of photographs to document his observations over 13 years. Favio lived many years with other otters off the pier at Stillwater cove at Pebble Beach Calif. In 2007 he immigrated, for reasons otterly beyond our understanding, 35 miles North to the Elkhorn Slough where he began to show his age and the wear and tear challenges associated with being a wild sea mammal.. Favio died in 2008 in September after a long normal life, well documented by Docent Bob. Thanks for Sharing your history with us Mr. Mannix, it was a delightful and spirited Tail...
Bob Mannix, Docent Point Reyes Rex Manson 2012-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
The Blues Festival!!!! Rex Manson 2012-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on May 23, 2012
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Today we heard form the Job development specialist from the University of California at  Santa Cruz. They specialize in assisting Non profits with voluntary personnel. Thanks Hayley.
Hayley Mears Rex Manson 2012-05-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on May 22, 2012
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Are you ready for some Rock and Roll Rotarians? The Blues festival starts Saturday with the Doobie Bros and Tower of Power! And they say our club is too old.. Blue Hairs ROCK!!!!! See you there in Fellowship for Charity my Fellow "Blues Brothers!"
The Blues Festival!!!! Rex Manson 2012-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on May 16, 2012
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Thank You Beth for your presentation on Strokes today. Concerning the signs and symptoms of this debilitating and often fatal affliction the Stroke Center at Cabrillo College has dedicated itself to the rehabilitation of stoke victims for over 30 years. Whether Vascular, A TIA or Clot the neurological catastrophe that follows an event are unmistakable, and often unreparable. Rehabilitation is an Emergency treatment that proves most effective the sooner it is initiated. Lest we ever forgot the signs thanks Beth for keeping us aware and up to date as to stroke Rehabilitation.
Beth McKinny,MS, Cabrillo Stoke Center Rex Manson 2012-05-17 00:00:00Z 0
President Keith Medeiros Rex Manson 2012-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Beach Cleanup Sandra Wallace 2012-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Apr 13, 2012
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Today was our first run at an E-waste collection. With No cost to our club members some members showed up to help and spend appreciated hours of volunteer service collecting for Rotary, Comerica, Aptos Interact and Jacob's Heart. Doug Deaver worked most all day with interactors star Diedre from Interact Aptos who worked her tail to the bone ( 4.0) and stepped up to every challenge. Also to be recognized,  the son of Rachel Hill , Chase who spent all day doing the heavy lifting and most of the heavy work for good. Thanks Doug, Rachel and Chase  for our trial run at an E-waste Waste..collection. Especially Branch manager Rachel Hill for getting the donated space to do the collections at Comerica, Aptos....Our first..Also Kudos to Doug Nakashimi and Stan Abraham for your generous contributions..Man it was cold out there so thanks very much!
Doug Deavers, Interact Rex Manson 2012-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Apr 11, 2012
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John Fisher recognized Kelly Nesheim's contribution to the Paul Harris Society
Kelly Nesheim Rex Manson 2012-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Apr 11, 2012
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Today Carolyn Post gave us an update concerning the Children's cancer services of Jacob's Heart. Presently serving 157 children with cancer this 501c3 provides Financial, Psychological support and counseling services to Families in the Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito County Areas.Over 500 individuals have received care from the Volunteers at JH, often in the forms of Financial support for food and gasoline or direct service such as providing rides to the Cancer centers at Stanford. Thanks Carolyn I think the Story of this great Service touched the hearts of every Rotarian in the Room.
Carolyn Post, Jacob's Heart Rex Manson 2012-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Apr 11, 2012
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Do you have your reservations Yet? Monday 4/16 is your last chance to buy in!! Our own PDG and Rotocare founder John Fisher is being "Honored"by his Peers April 20 at his very own ROAST! A comedy/ musical hit not to be missed with Music by the terrific Sam Nigh and the Digbigs. Also there will be a  silent auction and raffle drawing worth thousands of dollars in valuable prizes! All to support Rotocare and Dominican Hospital. For your last once in a lifetime chance to attend call the head MOC himself: Al Decamara...688-0500.ONLY $100.00 per ticket.
Capitola Aptos Annual Fundraiser!!! Rex Manson 2012-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Apr 04, 2012
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An excellant presentation was made today from the SC Sentinals staff photographer and ongoing Instructor of PhotoJournalism at Cabrillo College. Thru a montage of categories Mr. Thayler took us on a "images" journey thru sports, local and political events and special issues like floods, fires, accidents  and natural disasters that he has captured in pictures over the past 25 years. Every picture, explained Mr. Thaler, tells a story of a fraction of a second captured forever without  requiring words or explanation. Mr Thayler's rules of  good photography: Being in the right place at the right time, being able to recognize frame, cull, crop and edit for effect, no written word required and having the right equipment and the experience and knowledge to use it for evocative effect. No Photoshop. No "FauxTography".  Well done and appreciated by our Rotarians Mr. Thaler. Thanks for agreeing to return again for an update next year on your fantastic artful and esoteric work.
Shmuel Thaler, PhotoJournalist, SC Sentinal Rex Manson 2012-04-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Mar 30, 2012
 Saturday March 31 2012, Doubletree Hotel, 8AM to 2 PM San Jose. All Board and Exec. Board members, Chairs and BOD's should go. Great opportunity for Red Badge fellowship!
Rotary 5170 District Assembly Rex Manson 2012-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Mar 30, 2012
" Peace thru Service!"..Future Vision and Foundation Service was attended by John, Rex and Doug.. Membership and Grants saw Sue Lawson and Kieth. Sandra was seen at New Generations and RYLA the Real Fifth Avenue... Everybody at Lunch saw Brad Howard, North American Membership Chair give the best " Why are you a Rotarian?" retention speech of his lengthy stellar Rotary Career. Area Seven got high lighted for Guatemala, PDG Ron Sekkel, and Bad Lumpy gray "food" at SC Main. All in All Good Fun. All for 5170 Membership, Job #1, Area Seven Rocks! Arley Marley has been a good DG...During the Worst of Times, the Best of Times..
Rotary University and the 5170 District Assembly. Rex Manson 2012-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Mar 23, 2012
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What do otherwise warm intelligent Rotarians do on a chilly damp Saturday morning while everybody else is inside avoiding the rain and cold? Why standing outside in the rain and  cold doing what we do best: Collecting Food and Money where it will do the most Community Good of Course!
Second Harvest Food Drive Rex Manson 2012-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Mar 21, 2012
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The Interactor clubs and officers from Both Aptos High and Soquel High came to lunch today to take over Rotary. Acting on Behalf of President Keith they called the meeting to order, Stood for the Pledge sang the Welcome Song and acted as Detectives fining members deficient in their knowledge of current InterAct fundraising events. They did an excellant job and we were more proud than ever to have these fine young people and the RYLA Leaders of tomorrow visit our meeting.
The InterActors Take Over! Rex Manson 2012-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Mar 21, 2012
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Today we met the Philanthropic services Director from the new local headquarters here in Mid county Aptos. Since 1981 The Foundation has provided guidance for Community giving and philanthropic funding. Multiple local non profits have benefitted from CF grants which acts as a clearinghouse for Meetings, computer services and information concerning Grants, and the means of appying for them. Thank you Randy come back again.
Mr Randy Balogh, Community Foundation of Santa Cruz Rex Manson 2012-03-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Mar 14, 2012
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Today we were addressed by the Exe. Dir of a Center that teaches, trains and arranges for  Local home Caregivers. John explained how his group worked with other groups to address the mainly physical and financial needs of the elderly and ageing mentally challenged. He also discussed the tremendous psychological and physiological degradation that accompanies the lonely trek of the selfless, and oft stressed anxiety, of the unprepared caregiver. Needless to say the room of graying Rotarians, those experienced as caregivers and those not as yet exposed to this sacrifice, was strangely muted by the information and complexity of the subject matter.
John Beleutz, Health project Center Rex Manson 2012-03-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Mar 08, 2012
Saturday March 31, 2012, Doubletree Hotel San Jose 8AM-2PM ($39.00) All Club Officers, Board Members and Committee Chairs should attend. A must for Red Badges!
Signups next Thursday March 15 at the regular meeting.
***Rotary District 5170 Assembly*** Rex Manson 2012-03-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Mar 07, 2012
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Mr Zach Friend press Information officer from the Santa Cruz Police department spoke today. Predicated on a research algorthymn a data based research computer projection of probability has been developed in an attempt to predict crime in Santa Cruz. It has been used within Santa Cruz and can high light areas of 500 ft diameter of predicted crime in advance of the fact. Arrests have been made based on this data. The project is being evaluated worldwide and has been written up in the New York times and Washington Post along with Time magazine.Thanks Zach we will invite you back to keep us up to date on this important breakthru program.
Sending the Police before the Crime. Rex Manson 2012-03-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Feb 29, 2012
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Dr Kaupp gave us a visit today to relate his story as a start up entrepeneur, MBA and  assumably rich Instructor at Cabrillo College. Heading up the Business communications department for the past 6 years he is tenured and therefore "able" to relate to problems with issues like "Facilitation of Change in an entrenched Institutional static Environment vrs the Fast Paced always late 24/7 mutable pace of a Silicon Valley Startup", including the early days of Apple Computer.  Very funny, insightful and enlightening when presented the Compare and Contrast. Thanks Dr. Ray we appreciated your entertaining if somewhat sardonic viewpoint. Favorite quote of the day attributed to Steve Jobs: " Who hired that Idiot?"
Ray Kaupp, Ed.D, MBA Rex Manson 2012-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
April 21, Capitola Aptos Rotary " Roast of John Fisher!" Rex Manson 2012-02-17 19:44:00Z 0
April 20, Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament Rex Manson 2012-02-17 19:42:57Z 0
March 17, Casino Night! Freedom Rotary $40. Rex Manson 2012-02-17 19:41:04Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Feb 16, 2012
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An excellant presentation by a return speaker today and member of Sunrise Rotary Mr. Brian Liddicoat. Trains of the Santa Cruz mountains gave a historical perspective on the progress west of the great Train Barons of the 1800's. With a flourishing Logging industry quickly developing around the Felton Area a means of getting Lumber to market resulted in the building a of transportation from Santa Cruz to Los Gatos and San Francisco. Although the terrain above Lexington was challenging the lines were constructed at great cost and required the digging of the longest Tunnel in the west (some 5200 feet in length) above Scott's valley. Plagued by earthquakes and flooding the lines were sealed in 1942 but some decayed remains can still be seen and viewed. Excellant presentation by Brian and his efforts were well appreciated by the CAP Rotarians!
Brian Liddicoat EsQ. Rex Manson 2012-02-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Feb 15, 2012
Today we heard an angel, Cory Ybarra from Building for Generations speak about " Supporting Special Needs Education Projects" Worldwide. With her own son a special needs student Cory took it upon herself to start an international 501c3 to support the needy in Peru and Africa. Since 1995 with only small donations from rummage/garage sales and cake bakes she began a program in Tanzania to house and educate the Lesser of the Least: the disabled and rejected special needs children. She has since traveled to Africa, and became enchanted with the African culture. She came today to inform us not to ask us how we can help. Without a cooperative AV projector for support she simply spoke extemporaneously about her challenges. There was no sense of complaint or entitlement in her voice just a passionate committment to help and assist her children that permeated a silenced room of Rotarians. Thank you Cory. We were listening and we will help where we can.
Cory Ybarra, FOUNDER," Building for Generations" Rex Manson 2012-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Feb 01, 2012
The Pulitzer prize winning local talent, journalist, teacher and  International Musician came to visit CAP Today. Brad moved here from New York an epoch ago to work for the SJ Mercury news where he wrote for 22 years and won a coveted Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. More recently he hosted the afternoon "What's Left" radio talk show on KSCO while teaching  Jounalism and photography at Cabrillo College and taking over the Editorship of the E-news website the "Santa Cruz Patch". A lively funny and talented speaker the room was rocking in response to many of Kava's stories and Quips. Well done Mr. Kava you get invited back.
Brad Kava, Radiohost and Journalist Rex Manson 2012-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Feb 01, 2012
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 An excellant presentation today by the" Rich Pig", Caleb Lawrence. A local financial advisor and radio show host on KPIG he has lived in the area for many years. He spoke about the 2007 Banking and financial collapse, The credit collapse that has resulted in the Banking and Mortgage fiasco's that have devoured AIG, Lehman Bros ,IMM and the IMF, caused 7Trillion$ in Pension losses,and resulted in a lack of credit and the collapse of institutional banks worldwide. A provocative fact filled history of gross malfeasence and  the case was made implicating the Banks. FTC, IMF and Federal Reserve and a lack of  Government leadership over the past 30 years. Many questions were taken from the audience and Mr Rich Pig agreed to come back for an encore update later in 2012.
Caleb Lawrence, Financial Advisor Rex Manson 2012-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jan 25, 2012
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 Today we were introduced to Cindy Weigelt, Public Information Officer from Watsonville Hospital. Cindy brought us up to speed in the statistical achievements at WH: Patient satisfaction survey's in such areas as Medical care ,sanitation patient care are above those of Dominican or Urgent care centers. New Programs aim to provide Emergency services in the ER in an Incredible 30 minutes! Also WH is the ONLY local facility to have ALL er Doctors certified in Emergency Medicine. All our best Cindy  come back and see us again next year?
Cindy Weigelt, PIO Watsonville Hospital Rex Manson 2012-01-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jan 18, 2012
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 Ron Slack came to speak today but not about his job at the Good times. Instead he shared his experience working with youth for summer employment. Ron described how with youth summer employment at record low levels going back to 1948 that Youth service is essential to the job training for later gainful employment. Thanks Ron for the work you do.
Ron Slack, Editor, Good Times! Rex Manson 2012-01-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jan 11, 2012
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 We welcomed an old friend and his wife for lunch today. David Campbell,  now resident of New Zealand and long time CAP Rotarian came to visit. Good to see you David!
Welcome Back Mr. Past President! Rex Manson 2012-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jan 11, 2012
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 We got information about the crisis in Fukishimi and the encroaching debris and Nuclear contamination from the Eastern Pacific. Just this week debris was found in Washington State although it's origin was unclear. To date little to no Nuclear contamination has been found but the main body of the Debris, some 2400 million Tons, will arrive on our shores in Santa Cruz in 2012.
Laura Kasa Save our Shores! Rex Manson 2012-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Happy Birthday to You Keith and Bill! Rex Manson 2012-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jan 04, 2012
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 Mr Larry Wilde brought his inspirational stagecraft to Rotary with a series of Stories, Jokes and Motivational values. With a good attendance on CAP Rotaries part he was well received best by both genders of a Certain Age. There were many laughs and a well practiced and professional Presentation. Nicely Done Larry.
Larry Wilde, International Comic and Motivational speaker Rex Manson 2012-01-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Dec 30, 2011
 Besides being the Thursday Speaker at CAP Larry has been called " America's Best selling Humorist. "He has published 53 books and sold over 12 Million copies. He has performed on stage with Johnny Carson , Ann Margaret and Mary Tyler Moore!..Larry is going to give us a 45 minute presentation on how a healthy sense of humor can help relieve stress, maintain perspective and achieve personal happiness. THIS is the week to invite friends and family, even prospective members, to come to Capitola Aptos Rotary for a Very Special, informative and valuable presentation from one of America's top Motivational Speakers. And Lunch is only $16.00!
Who is Larry Wilde? Rex Manson 2011-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Dec 29, 2011
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 Our Rotary District 5170 Scholar spoke today to thank Rotary for helping her get her medical license to practice in California. Raisa, A native Russian trained as an endocrinologist in Moscow, emigrated to the US in 1992, moved for several years to Japan and returned here to volunteer at Rotocare in Capitola. She described life in the Old Soviet Union and was sent as a field researcher a week after the Chernaboyl Nuclear disaster. Living now with her son in Santa Cruz she is active with both the District Scholars Program  and Rotocare. Thanks Raisa, Spacebo!
Dr. Raisa Kikteva, MD Rex Manson 2011-12-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Dec 22, 2011
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 Merry Christmas and SAFE travels to all  who see this page. Gentle Winds and Following Seas.  We took some pictures and Sammy and the D Wops sang Christmas Carols..  Keith interviewed his new best  NBBF friend, Rich. It just doesn't get any Better..

BTW if you want to see or download the Pictures go to, register and sign on: "the  Rotary Club of Capitola Aptos." 

Sam Nigh and the World Famous Doo Wops! Rex Manson 2011-12-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Dec 18, 2011
 On Thursday DEC 22  we will be taking PICTURES for the Membership directory. So bring your voice to sing carols with Sammy Nigh and put your best FACE forward!
Pictures!!! Rex Manson 2011-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Dec 15, 2011
 Today we heard Mr. Bill Monning, State Assemblyman from the 17th District discussing the budget revisions in Sacramento and how it will effect the Education and state sponsored health services provided by the State. Needless to say times are grim with the news getting worse every day. Thanks Bill for the Update and Thanks for agreeing to return next year to discuss your upcoming Senate Race.
Assemblymember Bill Monning Rex Manson 2011-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Dec 11, 2011
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  Pictures of the Party are posted on the Facebook Page: "Rotary Club  of Capitola Aptos". " 

" Twas Two weeks before Christmas,

and All thru Soquel,

 They heard Carols and singing,

 From  Nigh's " House on the Hill" 

 The House was all lighted,

The night chilly and Wet,

 The vino exchanged,

The feast tables well set,

 Then Played a Merry, if off key quartet,

a Small Caroling Band , of Harp,  Drums and Guitar,

 Singing tunes of the Holidays, 

 For those Loved, close and Far..." 


Sam " Never Silent" Nigh's never to be Forgotten X_Mas Party Rex Manson 2011-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
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 Sunday Dec 11, 4PM Home of the King of the  Doo Wops!

BRING TWO bottles of Wine to" Auction for Africa"..( Sam will supply the Drinking Wine) Bring CASH to Buy Pointsettias for St. Judes construction in Africa from Lori and Pam. If you want to bring a salad or your favorite finger food.

 MERRY Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

Sam " Never Silent" Nigh's Never to be Forgotten X_Mas Party Rex Manson 2011-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
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 Our new friend Laura gave us a presentation on domestic Violence and abuse which includes physical, emotional, financial and verbal. 85% of attacks are made on Women, 25% of pregnant women are abused. There is a high risk for younger women age 16 to 25 with a high and prevalent involvement with alcohol. The Month of the Highest abuse? January. Bringing the issue to schools and the public has resulted in decreasing incidents recently. Thanks Laura for the important and informative presentation , we Rotarians learned a lot from it.
Laura Segura, Exec. Dir. " Women's Crisis Support" Rex Manson 2011-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Nov 30, 2011
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 Denise York and Wendy Sarsfield gave us a presentation today from PG&E concerning tiered Pricing. Tiering is going to be used to decrease maximum power useage during high  energy  consumption times. Small Business can receive evaluations on volume and Times of service to reduce or control costs to Small Business. Thanks Denise for coming out to speak with us.
PGE Peak Day Pricing Rex Manson 2011-12-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wallace on Nov 21, 2011
 Buy some beautiful holiday poinsettias and benefit St. Jude School in Tanzania, our Club International Project.
Poinsettias For Sale Sandra Wallace 2011-11-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Nov 10, 2011
 47 CAP Rotarians and mates joined 200 other attendees at a Rotact Dinner in Honor of John Fisher, Past 5170 District Gov, past Club President ,Original Rotaract Founder. Following a harrowing HWY17  busride hosted by Kelly Nesheim we arrived at the Doubletree in San Jose "well oiled" to enjoy comradeship and Rotarian fellowship on the special occasion in Honor of the lifetime achievements of our own John Fisher! BTW Happy Birthday John!
Rotaract Honors Founder John Fisher! Rex Manson 2011-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Nov 09, 2011
 Toys are being collected for local Children with Cancer ," Jacob's Heart," at the Aptos Branch of the Comerica Bank.. Courtesy of our own Rachel Hill, VP. Branch Manager.
Toys for Jacob's Heart! Rex Manson 2011-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Nov 09, 2011
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 Today our Red Badge Sam Storey spoke about Community Bridges. Currently serving on the Capitola City Council Sam has worked for many years for this local non profit  which over sees eight subordinate Non Profits, The largest of which is Meals On Wheels. These are Grant programs not entitlements and receive very limited State Funding and find themselves serving more and more elderly with sub poverty incomes with fewer and fewer resources. Thanks Sam a tough Job well done.
Community Bridges Rex Manson 2011-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Nov 09, 2011
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 We were proud to invite our two Interact clubs at Soquel and Aptos High School to introduce their officers and advisors and explain the projects they have participated in. Each Club reports about 35 members. They have helped wrap Food barrels for Second harvest, Cleaned up the Aptos beaches with Save our Shores and assisted Jacob's Heart at Kidrageous. We were proud to award them Interact Club Pins and recognize them for the extraordinary work and community contributions they are doing thru Interact. Doug Deavers has done an exemplary job as Club Interact coordinator. 
Rotary Interactors! Rex Manson 2011-11-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Nov 02, 2011
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 Thank you Ms Shareen Bell executive director of YFIOB. Today we were brought up to speed on a Professional mentoring program directed by Cabrillo College and targeted at getting High School and Jr College students in direct  dontact with individuals in specific Professions.We and YFIOB will certainly have a shared future working together for education.
Your Future is our Business! Cabrillo Rex Manson 2011-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Oct 26, 2011
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 Rose and Lou hosted almost 20 of our club members to a Tour and Lecture of the Wetlands preservation in Watsonville. Following an outstanding Bag lunch prepared by Maggie Driscoll we toured the headlands and scoped out Herons, Egrets Loons Ducks Redtail hawks and MAYBE a Owl or Falcon we couldn't tell. Weather was fine and the countryside was open and typical middle kingdom California.
Wetlands Birding Fieldtrip! Rex Manson 2011-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sandra Wallace on Oct 24, 2011
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Capitola Aptos Rotary provides dictionaries to all third graders at Rio del Mar and Valencia
Dictionary Project Sandra Wallace 2011-10-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Oct 20, 2011
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 This past week President Keith and I spent most of our days and nights hosting Tusu, Our club Guest  from Uganda CAP hosted at Presidents Keith's Home. After meeting, rehersing and picking him up in Almaden on Sunday we took him to see the Monterey Aquarium, Wharf and Carmel on Monday, The Sunrise and Freedom Clubs on Tuesday, Watsonville on Wednesday, CAP Aptos on Thursday and the District Avenues in Service, where he was a hosted speaker on Thursday night, in San Jose. Many meals, speechs, lectures and laughs later, along with 468 miles of driving we turned our guest over to the next clubs/ weeks hosts. We want to thank those generous members of CAP who helped host/ dine/ entertain Dr. Tusu: John Fisher, Al Decamera, Jim Kutch and Laura Grinder.
Tusu Tusubira, Avenues of Service, District Governor 9200, Uganda Rex Manson 2011-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Oct 14, 2011
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 Saturday Morning Annual Barrel wrap in Watsonville where 10 CAP Rotarians, led by Scot Iredell and interactor advisor Doug Deaver and 40 other members from Area 7 volunteered to help. This year however we were joined by some of the New Interactors from Paharo, Soquel and Aptos high schools. We had so much help that where in the past we worked for three hours with all the extra hands we were done in ONE! Also it was projected that we would do about 800 wraps.. We Did 1300! Great Job Rotary. Thanks Interactors nice to have you aboard!
Second Harvest Barrel Wrap Rex Manson 2011-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
*********District 5170 Avenues of Service- Thursday October 20 4pm******** Rex Manson 2011-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Oct 12, 2011
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 Watsonville Adult Education made a presentation today. The times as with all programs have been financially challenging and many much needed programs have been terminated or Curtailed. We admire the fortitude it requires to survive in these challenging financial times.
Dr. Nancy Bilicich, Ed.D, Director Rex Manson 2011-10-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Semingson on Sep 28, 2011
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Today's speaker, Larry Granger, Santa Cruz Symphony's Conductor, was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow as recognition from our Club for his outstanding 20 years of service to the Symphony.  Larry is retiring this year, and gave the Club a preview of the great things he has planned for his farewell season.  Great job Larry.  It's a pleasure to honor you.

Symphony Conductor awarded Paul Harris Fellow Karen Semingson 2011-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Karen Semingson on Sep 28, 2011
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Club member Dave Watkins was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow at today's meeting.  John Fisher did the honors.  Congratulations Dave!
Paul Harris Fellow awarded Karen Semingson 2011-09-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Sep 07, 2011
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 Today was a first in the three year history of my planning speakers. At first we had no speaker, then we had a speaker( Brian Liddencourt, JD) who has been rescheduled) then the speaker didn't speak because his power point did/ would not run.  Computer Glitch. So we Evaluated and Overcame and interviewed three notably outstanding members , Dr Stan, Lynette C, and Scott I ... Great stuff occurs when you are NOT attached to the outcome..
What if you planned a speaker and it did not happen? Rex Manson 2011-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Aug 31, 2011
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 Today the Executive Director of Rotocare, Tammy Janosik ,gave us a presentation on Rotocare. Rotocare  originated in the mind of our own John Fisher 22 years ago. John is being Honored in November by a District wide celebration.  Today was really John Fisher Day where all CAP Rotarians active with Rotocare got acknowledged for their community service
Rotocare Bay Area Rex Manson 2011-09-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Aug 26, 2011
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 On Saturday Aug 27th, at 9 am many Intrepid CAP Rotarians met at the Sumner trestle to cleanup Beer can Beach. Led by Pam Goodman who supplied bags and gloves we broke into "Tallimen and Pickers" and  treked down to the sandy garbage patch below Seascape. Many bags of assorted trash were hauled out and accounting will be forth coming by the Leader of the pack rats, Pam. Good Work Rotary!
SOS CAP Rotary Beach Cleanup! Rex Manson 2011-08-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Aug 24, 2011
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 Sandra presented our Sponsored RYLA Camp students.. Congratulations!
RYLA 2011 Rex Manson 2011-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Aug 24, 2011
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 Today Sam returned to give us the inside on the dysfunction in Washington DC. Doubtfull that the super committee will get it's budget done we can anticipate a montrous cut in Medicare and the Military.  Thanks for coming up to see us again Sam!
Congressman Sam Farr, 17th District Rex Manson 2011-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Kristi Riley, Exec Dir." Friends Outside" Rex Manson 2011-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Aug 10, 2011
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 Laura Marcus gave a lunchtime presentation on the Santa Cruz based low income non Profit Dental facility... Laura reports Dientes provided over 9000 services to the Santa Cruz Community.
Laura Marcus, Executive Director, Dientes Rex Manson 2011-08-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Aug 03, 2011
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 Rebecca Costa gave us a presentation about the subject of her book" The Watchman's Rattle". This presentation was intelligent and compelling on the  history and Sociobiology that contributes to the collapse of civilizations.
Rebecca Costa, Radio Host, Author, Featured Speaker Rex Manson 2011-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jul 20, 2011
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 Manny, Our youngest at 23, newest  Applicant, Gets his Red Badge. Way to go Manny and welcome aboard the CAP Rotary!
Immanuuel " Manny" Mundoz Rex Manson 2011-07-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jul 13, 2011
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 Lunch visit for introductions and awards By District Gov. Arley Marley and Charlene McIntyre, Assistant Gov area 7. 
District 5170 District Governor Rex Manson 2011-07-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jul 06, 2011
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 For our Past President and Friend Scott Iredell: Best wishes for a fast and complete recovery! Our thoughts are with you and your's, Scott. GL
The Cap Rotary 7/7/11 Rex Manson 2011-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jul 06, 2011
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 Mr. Manildi, Physics instructor from Aptos High School, brought his National Championship Team to explain how they won the US Underwater Remote Robotics Championship. In competition against 450 other teams from through out the Nation the competition was held last month in Houston over four days. The Aptos team won outright in several specific engineering categories and moved on to the finals. Their Remote robot was specifically designed for Deep sea Oil rig recovery. When the scores were tallied the Aptos team were National Champions! Today we met part of the team who each took turns in explaining their specific contribution to the overall project. This was exciting to see these young motivated College bound scholars so focused and proud to be a member of this select winning team. Thanks for your work Mr. Minildi, we will check back on you next year to see where we might be able to help.
Aptos High School wins National Robotics Underwater Championship! Rex Manson 2011-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Capitola Aptos Recieves District 5170 Award! Rex Manson 2011-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jun 30, 2011
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 Today our old friend and fellow Rotarian Dr Brian King spoke about What's up" at Cabrillo College .Currently Serving almost 15,000 enrolled students, and consistant in it's almost 50 year history, the college strives to address the needs of a diverse population with some times divergent needs, vocations and political views. The College was recently named one of the best in both  California and the entire US. Many of the faculty members teach both at the JC and also up "on the hill "at  UCSC. Cabrillo is now considered an invaluable local educational asset  and iconic resource by the mid County population. When polled the majority of CAP Rotarians have attended classes or seminars at the College themselves. The goals of the college continues to include excellence in all it's many departments with an excellant record of promoting students farther into Upper graduate education.. Thanks Dr. King for your presentation today. We are here, you can always call on us, and we Rotarians "want to help.
Dr. Brian King, Pres. Cabrillo College Rex Manson 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jun 22, 2011
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Last night we dethroned, er, Debunked 201o-1 President Kelly ( Beowulf) Nesheim. Held at the SC yacht Club, hosted by  the fire breathing Rev. Stan the Abraham Man and decorated by the artistry of Lori M, we all drank danced, pranced and laughed our way thru goodbye dirgey songs of tribute ( running Bear) from the Never silent Sammy Nigh and his two piece band , Al Nighter and the  Dandy Dave Drummers... Short thanks alots were then inaudibly extended by the usually loquacious Great Leader, "Fourway" followed by  a spontaneous celebratory Rotarian heathen version of a  Freebird Conga line, which wound and  rumbled its reptilian Pagan path rhythmically, ok provocatively, around the dance floor.... ImP Pres Karen then passed the enchanted eternal continuity " Golden Pins  of Mordor" and (Gift gag-bags) from Pres to Pres Elect Keith M under the auspicious evil eye, and all watching blade, of the inflated Charon himself..( Precious, my PRECIOuS..)  The final "coup d grace"  came when  Al , as first KNight , ceremoniously sent The magic Nordic "Walkabout Lance of Hadenoughyet" to an honored Viking eternity , by  sacred immolation, sending the ashes to rest hopefully forever, forever to be unseen again, by human or Rotarian evil Eye, in the pounding fires of Valhalla.

In Other words we all had a great time, Kelly got retired to Past President and a new Day dawns under the Rule of the Duracell Grandpa, Keith. 

Godspeed Past President Kelly! Rex Manson 2011-06-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rex Manson on Jun 15, 2011
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 Not everyday you hear about the most super top secret aircraft research ever conducted by these United States. Our Guest, Dr. Alan Brown, Past lead Engineer for the Skunkworks kept the room transfixed as he tried to explain the design challenges of the  experimental F-117 Fighter known as " Stealth". He explained the tribulations of working daily with the Air Force  Creme Test Pilots and top administrators from the Super Secret '"Skunkworks" from Lockheed Aircrafts Research( Burbank) and Design Division. Rules for building Stealth.. Borrow everything possible, No risky Epoxy transmutation.. Make the impossible work. Build a Mach .08 Fighter bomber with the Radar Cross section of an Eagles Eyeball,( Really) Make a totally unstable diamond shaped anorchaic structure fly without any Standard Flight characteristics, add computers that react so fast that humans cannot possibly keep up then give the otherwise useless Test Pilot all of 1.2 Seconds to eject and Voila! The most secret stealthy fighter Bomber ever designed. Need less to say This Rotary club was weak kneed at the conclusion that came way.