Posted by Pamela Arnsberger on Feb 14, 2019


We will be having our major fundraiser April 26th  to benefit Second Harvest. It will be a roast of John Laird.  It should be very entertaining. Save the date and plan to attend.

Wed Feb 20th from 4:00 to 7:00 will be Aptos area Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase. We will have a booth there. If you signed up to help, please be there.  

Our Polio Plus campaign begins on the first of March and runs thru  April 30th. The goal is for every Rotarian to donate $50. This will be matched on a 2:1 basis by the Gates foundation.

April 6th is the district training assembly from 8-2 at the Biltmore hotel in Santa Clara. See Pam for more information.

The Area 7 speech contest will be Mar 6th at SLV high school at 3:30 in the afternoon. Come and support our winner Holden Barker! 

Mar 15th  is Rotary Day at the Warriors. A link will be posted on the Santa Cruz Rotary website for ticket purchase. .

April 14th is the Lacy J. Dalton concert at Roaring Camp in Felton. It begins at 1:00 and ends at 5:00. Tickets will be available on line thru the Scotts Valley Rotary website. There is a rumor that if come you will see our own Thomasjohn on the bass!!

The club has changed the schedule for our community grants awards this year. We will delay the grant awards until fall of 2019 so that we can determine the exact amount of funds we have to distribute. Watch this site for more information.

Today was our area speech contest. Participants included: from Soquel High School Annie Nigh, Sophie Nigh, Stuart Morse, Maddie Piona, Roxie Harris, Aliya Ware, and Stella Gordon and from Aptos High: Emily Marschall Niswonger and Holden Barker. The winners were: third place ($50) Maddy Piona, second place $(100) Annie Nye and first place ($200) Holden Barker.Congratulations to all participants for a job well done!



Contestants were judged on the basis of content, delivery and overall effectiveness as well as their adherence to this year's theme “Rotary: Be the inspiration .” They were also required to incorporate the Rotary 4 Way test into their speech. Of the things we say or do is the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships, is it beneficial to all concerned. 

Contestants spoke about service trips to Mexico and Central America and coming home to raise money for a soccer field. They discussed what we do to leave our own legacy. They spoke about dealing with life threatening illnesses, hosting exchange students and lessons learned about perseverance. One of them spoke about finding inspiration to follow her passion and achieve her goals and another about volunteerism and community service and the opportunities it offers to become active member of their society. One speaker addressed the role of social media in our lives and how it has changed the way we communicate, perhaps not for the better. All of the speakers honored the theme of Rotary: Be the inspiration.