Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 23, 2019
Our community grants application has now been posted. It can be downloaded from this website. The deadline for submission is October 1st and the awards ceremony will be December 5th.
The debunking of the president is rescheduled for Thursday August 29th at Santa Cruz Yacht Club at 5:30. We will be dark for the regular meeting that day.
We have scheduled Monday Sept 16th 4:00 at Aptos Seascape to assemble kits for Rising International. These are “safety bracelets” in Rotary colors with information on human trafficking.
Sunday September 15th is the summer fun party at Keith’s at 2:00. To RSVP, sign up at a meeting.
Dagmar announced Sept 21st will be our next beach clean-up at Rio del Mar beach. We did a great job last time picking up 25 lbs of trash which included a large amount of microplastics.
Congratulations to Pam Goodman and Matt Wetstein who won Aptos Chamber of Commerce man and woman of the year. The dinner to honor them will be Oct 25th. Tickets will be $85 or $105. See Doug to sign up.
Sienna House will be having a dinner and auction on October 5th. See Michele for tickets.
The Piatt fellow Veronica Urabe has been chosen for this year. She is from Watsonville High and Cabrillo and UCSC and getting her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology. She will come and speak to us later this year.
          The speaker today was Alayna Hale. A retired teacher, she spoke to us about how to reduce stress and empower your children.
          She does tutoring, mentoring and facilitation with parents and kids 6- 17 years old. She stresses ARGHH: Allowance Respect Gratitude Humor and happiness.  She spoke about being your best self. The biggest thing is that mistakes are ok. She said that CDC says half of young students suffer from stress and anxiety. Often it is paired with a behavioral problem. She said there are new sources of stress such as global warming and world leaders. She said overuse of technology is also part of it.
She showed us some exercises that she uses with children to reduce stress as well as some tips for communicating with our children, and grandchildren, nieces and nephews by asking open ended questions. For more information: 408-390-3878 or