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Capitola/Aptos

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Seascape Golf and Country Club
610 Club House Drive
Aptos, CA  95003-4868
United States
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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.
 
 
Save the date for our annual fundraiser on May 5th!
Announcements and reminders
 
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.
 
 
   
 
 
 
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).
 
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.
 
  
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
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.
 
 
 
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.’
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
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.
 
 
 
 
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.
 
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?’
 
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!
 
 
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.  
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
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.
 
Over 30 Interact students joined advisor Mr. Whitwam and Rotarians Al DeCamara, Richard Watson-Riley for a beach cleanup last Saturday.  The crew did a great time, had a lot of fun, and enjoyed a great BBQ.   Fantastic job!
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
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.
 
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.  
 
 
Speakers
Kaiser Permanente-Niraj Singh and Darrell Perkins
May 04, 2017
Kaiser opens in Santa Cruz County!
Grants Committee
May 11, 2017
Community Grants Luncheon
Dr Lily Rich
May 18, 2017
Aging Challenges
Keelan Guiley
May 25, 2017
Our Piatt Fellow Presentation for 2017
Mike Ahern
Jun 01, 2017
E Bikes
Mellissa Rempfer
Jun 08, 2017
Lead With the Mission and the Money Will Follow
Al's Debunking, again.....
Jun 22, 2017
DARK for LUNCH
Sharon Papo
Jun 29, 2017
The Diversity Center
Gisela Zebroski
Aug 24, 2017
The Berlin Airlift, the Candy Bomber and I
 
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