Please note: Next week's meeting, the area speech contest, has been moved. It  will be at Severinos/Seacliff Inn.  We have the room from 11:30 to 2:00.  (Lunch will be $30 but since Rich has already invoiced $10 it will be an additional $20.  Rich will not be present to run credit cards, so please bring a check or cash.
Every first Monday is membership Monday. Come and have a drink and bring potential new members. Every second Tuesday is for new red badgers. These are both at 5:30 to 7:00 PM and are at Aptos Seascape.
We are planning on a Rotary Week for Meals on Wheels delivery. Sign up to deliver meals or work at the site (at Live Oak Senior Center) that day.
Josh Selig from Jimmy Panetta’s office spoke to us today about current issues and measures in congress including dates for future town halls. They are working on making age discrimination illegal, road repairs, and mitigating potential flood damage from the Pajaro River Watershed.
Scott also spoke to us briefly about measure V for Soquel Elementary School District which is a parcel tax. It needs a two thirds majority and would add $96 per parcel for 6 years. It would largely go to teacher’s salaries.
May 29th will be our major fundraiser. We need both live and silent auction items, wine and help with sponsorships. Also we will have our wine wheelbarrow so bring two bottles to contribute. Tickets will be $150 and the major benefactor will be Meals on Wheels.
On March 5th at Hotel Paradox there will be the Second Harvest dinner. We are being offered an award and we will be given a table for 10. Let Michelle know if you are interested in going.
Dr. Art passed around information on a Rotary trip to Ethiopia sponsored by the Contra Costa club.
           Matt spoke to us about measure R, a bond measure for Cabrillo College. Included are infrastructure and technology improvements, as deferred maintenance is a real problem on a 60 year old campus. A new science building, renovation of the library and student services buildings are also on the agenda. It will be a 30 year bond.
          The plan is also for the Watsonville Public Safety training center for firefighters and police to be brought back into our county. Other projects are also covered. They will also try to go for state matching funds for many of these projects. In this type of bond, no money will go to staff salaries; all funds are for facility improvements.
          The state bond prop 13 will be on the same ballot, but Matt says it is most important to vote for the local dollars.