Capitola-Aptos Rotary Club

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We meet Thursdays at 12:15 PM
Seascape Golf and Country Club
610 Club House Drive
Aptos, CA  95003-4868
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June 23rd Meeting
Today’s club meeting was devoted to awarding our annual community service grants.  Awardees and the awards committee are pictured in the photo above along with President Al.  Twenty-three agencies, all non-profit 501C3 organizations, were awarded grants ranging from $500-$1500.  Rotary fundraising throughout the year is the source of funding for these grants. A wide variety of populations are served by these organizations from the homeless to the elderly to the environment to children.  The following is a list of the organizations that received awards and a brief description of the  purpose of their award (if available) :
June 16th
Announcements and Reminders
Toast and Toast will be at Gilroy next Thursday. The 23rd. If you signed up you  are welcome to go.
Keith announced that he still needs a hula dancer for his party at 4:00 on Sunday, June 26th but that the party will be fun anyway. Come and join in!
Tim needs beer servers on the 4th of July. Sign up with him for a 2 hour shift.
Sandra introduced our speakers today from the Regional Occupational Program (ROP), Sheri Williams, Program Coordinator, Mark Hodges, Director of ROP and Jim Howes Assistant Director of the ROP.
Announcements and Reminders
The Toast and Roast is at Gilroy Gardens on June 23rd. Deadline to sign up is on the 15th. To sign up, see Al.
Michelle announced that the American Red Cross Heroes breakfast is on the 17th at 8:00 AM at Twin lakes Church. They will be honoring 11 local people. She is putting tables together. Let her know if you would like to go as her guest.
Keith’s party is on the 26th. If you haven’t signed up yet and are coming let him know.
Tim announced that as usual on the 4th of July we’ll be pouring the beer at Aptos Park. 11-4 will be the pouring time. Volunteer for a two hour shift.
Doug introduced our Interact scholarship students. They were a distinguished group including the valedictorian at Soquel High, a competitive dancer, a water polo player winning the coach’s award, a winner of all conference honors in various sports and is a  CSF president and life member. They discussed their community service projects including restoring a trading post for the Nez Pierce Indians, doing a child care project in Guatemala, volunteering  for Helping Hands which partners with people with disabilities to assist with household tasks and at Camp Hammer. Doug noted that all the students have had life challenges and have used them as motivation for their lives.
Karen Calcagno  was our speaker today. The topic was “Your legacy have it your way”. She is the founder of Advantage Business Center, helping with estate planning  and other issues. She is credentialed in coaching and mediation and focuses on financial and inheritance issues and helps people with the hard conversations.
June 2nd 2016 meeting
Announcements and Reminders
Three Rotarians of the Week include Doug, Karen and Sandra for working so hard at the music festival!
On July 28th the District Board Governor is coming here. Board members should be here at 11:00.
Roast and Toast is on June 23rd. Sign up on the website ( It’s $37 and it’s an open bar!
Keith’s party will be Sunday June 26th.
Claire McAdams announced the list of grantees. Grants will awarded on June 23rd at a luncheon will be in the big room. $18,450 in total will be awarded.
Doug Deaver announced that we made $1535 in tips for a net of $6200 at the Aptos Music Festival. Also he said we gave four scholarships each to Aptos and Soquel high graduating students.
Our speaker today was Hamutahl Cohen  a PhD candidate from UC Santa Cruz. She spoke to us about wild and native pollinators (bees!).  She is currently conducting research in bee/microbe interactions in gardens along the coast, focusing on the problem of bee decline.
May 25th Rotary Meeting
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarian of the week for organizing the blues festival this weekend is Sandra Wallace. She has the list of volunteers and assignments.
July 28th the District Governor will visit. Board member and service chairs should be here at early at 11:00.
June 23rd will be the District Governors Toast at Gilroy Gardens.
Dr. Art received recognition for his donation to Rotary International.
Keith Madeiros party  is June 26th at his house. He also reported on Neil McCallum’s funeral which 15 club members attended.
Claire McAdams reported on the grants committee. They are making decisions on scholarships.
Bee Peters introduced our speaker today, Dr. Casey Lucius. She was in the navy, has a Master’s degree in national security affairs and a PhD in political science. She teaches at the Naval Postgraduate School. She is running for Sam Farr’s congressional seat but was here at Rotary to talk about national security and ISIS.
May 19, 2016 meeting
Announcements and Reminders
The Redwood Mountain Fair is June 4th and 5th at Roaring Camp. The price is $29.00
Deadline to submit for DDF funds is at the end of this month.
Michelle gave us an update on the major fundraiser. We raised about $14,000.
If you would like to present scholarships at Aptos High, let Burt know. It is next Wednesday night (May 25th).
Empowering our Youth in a violent environment
Our speaker today was Daniel Nane Alejandras founder and national director of Barrios Unidos,  a nationally and internationally recognized organization that works on youth violence and gang related activities.  Mr. Alejandras is a Viet Nam vet and UCSC graduate.
Announcements and Reminders
Kyle Sharp, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, was inducted into the club today.
Michele reported that the net proceeds from our annual fundraiser were about $13,000 and were expected to be in the $15,000 range in the final accounting.
The Rotoract Club of Santa Cruz County reported on its activities.   They said 82 students have visited the club with 30 plus active members.  In the past year they volunteered almost 1000 service hours doing many things including beach clean-up  and Watsonville Wetlands.  Child Aid was their international project and their  local project was Jacobs Heart.  Interact with Rotoract Day was their major event.  Fun events included a day at Big Basin, karaoke and Christmas together off campus.  Their mentorship program is new and they passed out fliers about an event : Professional Development Workshop interview skills and dining etiquette on Friday May 27th 5:30-8:00 PM.
Keith announced that Neal McCallum’s funeral will be May 20th at Seymour Marine Memorial Center. Donations should go to his foundation at Ohlone College. 
Keith also announced a Hawaiian party Sunday June 26th at his house at 4 PM.
Sandra presented the club a plaque as thanks for the scoreboard we donated to New Brighton Middle School.
Pam Goodman introduced our speaker for the day,  Karina Pushnik ,
senior planner at Regional Transportation Commission  (RTC)
who spoke to us about the
2016 Transportation Improvement Plan.
Announcements and Reminders
Tomorrow night (May 6th) is the Rotary Annual Fundraiser, a roast for our retiring Congressman Sam Farr. It begins at 5:30 at Aptos Seascape.  There are great silent auction items including motel stays, a wine wheelbarrow, a pontoon boat ride, a tour and lunch at Big Creek Lumber.
Delta Charter High School is having its first annual fundraiser May 25th at Sesnon House on theCabrillo Campus.
Our Rotary Club will be honored for the score board we donated by retiring supervisor Henry Castaneda at New Brighton Middle School at 3:30 next Tuesday.
Still need signups for the American Music festival on Memorial Day Weekend.
Pam Goodman introduced Janis O’Driscoll, our speaker today. She is the interim director at Santa Cruz Public Libraries who spoke to us about the library system. She began by saying a  new permanent director will come on board in June.
Announcements and Reminders
Next week on May 6th is our annual Rotary fundraiser, a roast for Sam Farr, our retiring assemblyman. Be there at 5:00 for cocktails.
On May 28th and 29th we still need volunteers for the Aptos Music Festival. See Sandra to sign up.
Doug announced that there is a meeting tonight (4/28) on the  future of the Rancho Del Mar shopping center.
Our District Attorney Jeff Rossell was the speaker today. He is a UCSC graduate and attended went to law school at USC. He has been in the District Attorney’s office for 26 years, first in Honolulu and now here since 1994.
April 21, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Sam received a Rotary Pin for contributions to the Paul Harris Foundation.  John Fisher said we contributed over $3000 to the polio plus effort through our donations to the foundation.
Sandra announced that we need help (volunteers) for the wine and beer booth at the Aptos Park on Memorial Day Weekend for the music festival. Volunteers need to be there all day. She needs people on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Laura announced that we applied for a RotoCare grant from PAMF and we’ll know in June whether or not we receive funding.
Doug Deaver mentioned that one of our students is interested in beginning a RotorAct club at Santa Clara University.
Sandra Wallace introduced our speaker today. Christopher Deming is the recipient of our Piatt Rotary fellowship. She gave us some background on the award. Henry Piatt was a member of the club who left an endowment for a graduate of Santa Cruz County public high schools and a candidate for a post baccalaureate degree in the natural sciences at any one of the UC campuses. Mr. Deming, last year’s recipient, is a local student who is now at UCSC. He works on synthesis and analysis in chemistry and already has published more than 10 first author peer reviewed papers.  He is married and has a baby. He is hoping to teach chemistry at the college after he graduates.
April 14, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
On April 16th Interact is putting on their annual dinner at 900 high street (the old Congregational Church) .  Tickets are $20 at the door.
Sandra is looking for volunteers for the SCAM festival. The dates are May 28th and May 29th at the Aptos Park.
Rob announced that over 20 applications for grants have been received.  The due date is April 15th. Applications can be on line or hard copy.
Michelle announced that fund raiser plans are coming along. She discussed progress towards the dinner which is Friday May 6th and is the roast of Sam Farr. There are 60 RSVP’s.
There was no speaker today. Our president elect, Stan Hajduk adjourned the meeting.

Announcements and Reminders
Peggy from the Santa Cruz Sunrise Club spoke to us about Uganda and the Santa Cruz Sister Cities Delegation.  She announced that Sunday April 17th there will be a cruise on the Monterey Bay with wine tasting and noshing from 10:30-2:30 PM. Tickets are $45 single  $60 for a couple. It will benefit the Rotary clean water project in Lhuhwahwa Village, Kasese, Uganda.
Michelle announced that the invitations are here for the fundraiser on May 6th. Please take them and share with your family and friends. Kelly further announced that we need to sign up to go to the event and/or you can donate gifts and prizes. The cost is $150 per person.
Tim introduced the speaker today,  Constance Chandlee, a prospective member of the club.  She wrote and illustrated Dog’s Path of Life  a book promoting intergenerational discussions for the entire family. The book teaches important life lessons, including respecting self and others, gratitude and interacting with the world.  It discusses how to value and respect yourself and others. The book offers opportunity for dialogue between adults (parents) and children. 

MAY 6, 2016 - 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.



Capitola Aptos Rotary Club has announced the 2016 Community Grant Awards process.  
March 24, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Art, Stan, Keith, Doug and Win were named Rotarians of the week because they are all going to the district assembly.
A reminder that the major fundraiser event sign-up sheet is going around. The event is on May 6th! Sign up!  $150 per ticket!
Dr. Art Dover introduced our speaker for today’s meeting, Steve Nelson, CEO of  Plant Sciences in Watsonville.  He has a BS and MS in agriculture and, as  president of Plant Sciences is a leader on varietal development of strawberries and  other berries.
Announcements and Reminders
Doug announced that tomorrow (March 11th) the Rotary scoreboard for New Brighton Middle School will be installed beginning at 11:00 for anyone who would like to be there.
Al announced Apr 29th is the District Conference. Cost of $450 includes lodging
March 24th is the District Assembly. See Kyle Sharp to sign up. A limo will be available for the first 8 people signed up.
May 6th will be our major fundraiser. Live and silent auction items needed.  We are looking for businesses to sponsor the event. See Michelle if you can help.
Doug said March 22nd will be the regional speech contest in Gilroy. If interested in going, see Doug.
Keith announced that 4 RYLA students were selected, all with excellent academic records.
John Fisher awarded Doug Deaver a pin for his contributions to the Paul Harris scholarship fund. In addition Art Dover was recognized as a major donor to the Polio Plus campaign. He was awarded a plaque.
John also gave us a letter from the District requesting that each Rotary member contribute $30 that will be matched by the Bill Gates Foundation for PolioPlus. Make out your check to Rotary foundation for the $30 donation and give to John.
The remainder of the meeting was an assembly to promote membership of younger people in our club.

Announcements and Reminders
On March 11th Brighton Middle School Rotary funded scoreboard will be installed. They would like as many of us as possible to attend.
Apr 29th is the district conference. The club will rent a limo and the first 8 people to signup will get a ride.
March 13th is Rotary night at the Warriors. Contact Al for tickets.
March 24th is the District Assembly. We will be renting a limo to go there also.
Stan announced that we need someone for the last Thursday in March to be detective and there are also sign-ups for April. If you haven’t done it before now is your chance!
Tim announced that the club is donating a bench at the Polo grounds. Dr. Art is the donor making Dr. Art the Rotarian of the week.
Blues festival is the weekend of May28th and 29th. Sign up to volunteer.
Freedom Rotary is having their casino night at March 19th at the fairgrounds.
Rich announced that next meeting is a roundtable on expanding club membership.  It will be a dialogue. There will also be also be a discussion of contacts.
Pam Goodman introduced Brian Peeples. He is from a political PAC   that is targeting the rail trail initiative. They are going to promote getting the trail built but with no train. They are focusing on the railroad tracks that go from Santa Cruz to Manresa.  They are interested in using this asset today within our lifetime as a trail without the train.
Feb 25th
March 13th will be Rotary Night at the Santa Cruz Warriors. Tickets are $25.00.
Sue reminded us that applications for community grants can be obtained online and that the final deadline for submission is April 15th.
We were also reminded of our annual fundraiser on May 6th and our impressive line-up of ‘roasters” including Zach Friend and Jimmy Panetta among other luminaries. Tickets are $150 and all the money will be used to fund the above community grants!
Today Capitola Aptos Rotary welcomed representatives from the SLV, Scotts Valley, Sunrise, Freedom and Santa Cruz Clubs, who were all in Aptos to support the students in the area speech contest. The winner will go on to Gilroy to compete further on March 22nd. Winners today will receive $200, $100 and $50.  The theme for this contest is “Be a gift to the world.”  
The winner (pictured below with Doug Deaver, the contest organizer) was very impressive. She spoke on the important issue of the need for mental health services in the schools. The three competitors were: Madeline Peterson from San Lorenzo Valley , Jacquelin Boyzo from Cila High School in Watsonville and Megan Goodhue from Delta Charter School.


Feb 18thth
Announcements and reminders
Claire announced that we are beginning community grants season.  April 15th is the due date. Rob Martin will take applications while Claire is away.
Michelle announced that Leon Panetta will do a video shoot to add to the Sam Farr roast for our major fundraiser in May.
Doug announced that Scotts Valley Rotary Trivia cup challenge is on Feb 27th. Cost is $50 per person. Trivia teams are made up of four people. Doug has sign-up sheet.
Aptos Soquel business showcase will be next Wednesday night,  4:00-7:00 at Aptos Seascape. We need people to staff the table. See Doug Deaver.
Next week is the area speech contest. There will be four contestants participating who are contest winners from their own clubs.  There will be a large crowd so come early.
Richard announced that the beach clean-up is this Saturday at 9:00 AM at Dolphin and Sumner. Look for a red Prius with back open.
Sloane Devoto was accepted as a member into the club.
Michele introduced Greg Peppin executive director of the Coastal Watershed Council, which is one of our (and other Rotary Clubs) grant recipients.
February 4th
Th meeting today was a Rotary special event,  the  Richard D King Annual Youth Speech Contest.  Doug  Deaver emceed the event.  Seven  contestants came from Aptos and Soquel High.  The names of the contestants were: Sara Pedro, Galen Anderson, Isabella Price, Elias Nepa , Will Murphy, Annie Nigh and Mackenzie Detter.
Speeches were scored by five judges. Students were judged anonymously to prevent bias. All speeches had to incorporate the this year’s  Rotary  theme,  “Be a gift to the world”  as well as  the Rotary  four-way test:  Is it true? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill? Is it beneficial? The winner, Mackenzie Detter,  shown here with the second and third place winners, won $200, but all the students will receive a monetary prize.
The winning student will move on to the district wide speech contest which will also be held at our club on February  25th.

January 28, 2016 Meeting
Announcements and Reminders
Rotarian of the Week was Doug Deaver for pulling off the speech contest. It will be next week (Feb 4th) and the meeting will begin 15 minutes early so the speech contest can start promptly at 12:15.
Doug also announced that we are under contract for the American Musical Festival on Memorial Day weekend. We’ll pass around sign-up sheets.
The club be taking RYLA application shortly for RYLA summer camp. If you know Juniors in High School (in our area) who might be eligible let Doug or Sandra know.
February 20th is beach clean-up. Sign-up sheets will be passed around next week.
Invitations are out for the annual fundraiser.
Art in Correction Program
Pam Goodman introduced Jack Bower who represents William James Association, a non-profit agency founded in 1973 by Page Smith.
Bower explained that the prison system creates social problems that William James Association addresses. The Association has affected tens of thousands of inmates in California and around the country through their Arts In Correction Program.
January 21, 2016
Announcements and Reminders
Doug Deaver announced that we still have no speech contest contestants but are expecting two from Aptos High. He reminded us of our volunteer responsibilities on February 4th.
Richard reminded us of the Beach Clean Up on February 20th.  He’ll send around a sign-up sheet next week. It’s a chance to get to know people and do community service.
Stan reminded us of our detective sign-ups.
John Fisher presented Dr. Art with his ‘eighth plus’ Rotary Foundation pin.
Cannabis 101  The economic implications of a changing policy
Pam Goodman introduced Gavin Kogan who is an attorney and VP of INDUS holding company.  In 2015 he launched ALTAI and brought well -known brands of  marijuana to the recreational  marijuana market.
He travels throughout the state and speaks about this issue.
January 14 Meeting
Announcements and Reminders
We were reminded that the annual fundraiser, a retirement party and roast for Sam Farr, will be May 6th. Zach Friend, Fred Keely, Bruce Medina and Jim Panetta will be among the participants. Invitations and save the date cards will go out soon. We need eight live auction items worth $500 or more and 30 silent auction items.
Rotarian(s) of the week for successfully completing the New Brighton Middle School Scoreboard Sign project were Doug Deaver and Tim Powell.
Sandra said that RYLA will be starting the application process soon. Juniors this year are eligible. Let Sandra know of any eligible students and she will get an application to them.
Speech club contest is February 4 and area contest is on Feb 25th. We are still waiting to know about participants.
March 10th will be club assembly. Rich Costa will lead it.
April 30th the Pope will performs Mass for Rotarians in Rome. Be there!
For bringing in a new member John Fisher received another pin. Burt Lemke was also awarded a pin. Sue Lawson was welcomed as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Doug announced that the club will contribute $500 to the repainting of the Aptos trestle.
Bee Peters introduced today’s speaker, Sarah Emmert. Ms Emmert is a UCSC grad and has a master’s degree in criminology from UC Irvine.  She has worked in social justice and advocacy and with people in the community impacted by the criminal justice system. She currently chairs the Youth Violence Prevention Task Force for United Way, a task force of the Criminal Justice Council.
January 7th
Announcements and Reminders
Al announced Rotarian of the Week. It was Tim Powell for taking over Sunday’s event.
Michelle reminded us that May 6th is our major fundraising event.  Next Wednesday the 13th  will be a planning meeting is at Kelly’s. She reminded us that we are looking for both silent and live auction items.
Stan announced we need detectives. Sign up!
Doug announced that for the speech contest no students signed up yet but we are still hoping. Doug will communicate with us by e-mail for those who signed up to help. He read us an article in the Aptos Times about the money InterActors had raised for meals.
There is a club assembly coming up that Rich Costa will lead on March the 10th. We are going to launch a public relations effort for the club. This will be the time to share any ideas you have to publicize and promote the club.
       Becky Herry, RN, spoke about her journey since being diagnosed with melanoma . She manages the Veterans Services program at LifeSpan and has had her story featured in news stories and films.
December 17th 2015
Announcements and Reminders
For surviving  Keith’s party, Rotarian of the week is Rich Costa! He says he was out of the emergency room and the ICU the next day feeling fine!
We were reminded that the wheelchair project in Monterey, Mexico will be March 30th thru April 3rd. Rotary is sending 4 containers  and raised $115,000.
Jan 31st is our deadline to pay for RYLA campers.
Doug reminded us about the club speech contest. As of now we have no students signed up but he’s expecting we will get some. Feb 4th is the date for our club; Feb 25th for area.
The nominating committee put forward the following names for 2016 club officers: Stan Hajduk, President; Win Fernald, President elect; Doug Deaver, Secretary;  Rich Hamlin, Treasurer; Graham Stokes, Sergeant at Arms. The slate was unanimously voted in.
Dr. Art announced that you should see him about flu vaccine if you haven’t done your shots yet.
Please note: The club will be dark on December 24th (Christmas Eve) and January 31st (New Year’s Eve). See you next year!
John Fisher spoke today about Bay area ‘Honor Flight’ that he was awarded on Oct 22nd.
Jun 30, 2016
Heather Moffat, Executive Director
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Jul 07, 2016
Jen Walker
Planning for your Pets
Jul 21, 2016
Sam Bishop
River Monsters of Guyana. - on a fly rod
Jul 28, 2016
Jeff Orth, District Governor
His Plan for this coming year
Aug 11, 2016
Virginia Guhin, Education Programs Director
Elkhorn Slough National Estaurine Research Reserve
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