Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Aug 10, 2018


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

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

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.  

Every year the week ends with a barbecue that everyone is invited to go to and Sandy said we should all go at least once. We have been told that out RYLA camp is one of the best in the U.S.

Doug concluded by showing us a couple of videos about the RYLA experience and Thomasjohn told us about participating in the meetings at the high schools and many club members shared the experiences of their children and grandchildren. It clearly offers kids a great experience and is an important part of Rotary International.